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John Joseph O'Brien, MD
(860) 525-4469
1000 Asylum Ave Ste 2108
Hartford, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp Med Ctr, Hartford, Ct; Hartford Hosp, Hartford, Ct
Group Practice: Hartford Orthopedic Surgeons

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John J Mara
(860) 525-4469
1000 Asylum Ave
Hartford, CT
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Paul Bernard Murray
(860) 247-3279
1000 Asylum Ave
Hartford, CT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Lionel Graham Brown, MD
(203) 792-4263
1000 Asylum Ave
Hartford, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery, General Surgery
Gender
Male
Languages
Portuguese, Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: Danbury Hosp, Danbury, Ct
Group Practice: Hand Center

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Michael Aron
(860) 728-6740
1000 Asylum Ave
Hartford, CT
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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David M Kruger, MD
(860) 728-6740
1000 Asylum Ave Ste 2126
Hartford, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp Med Ctr, Hartford, Ct
Group Practice: Greater Hartford Orthopedic

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Jay Allen Kimmel
(860) 728-6740
1000 Asylum Ave
Hartford, CT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Albert J Casale, MD
1000 Asylum Ave Ste 2106
Hartford, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Robert W McAllister, MD
(860) 525-4469
1000 Asylum Ave
Hartford, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1989

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Robert W McAllister
(860) 525-4469
1000 Asylum Ave
Hartford, CT
Specialty
Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery

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Hip Pain Info - Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

In order to understand Legg-Calve-Perthes disease it is important to understand the anatomy and function of the hip. Please read Hip Pain Info's section on the anatomy of the hip .

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The ball is formed by the top of the thigh bone (the femur) and is called the "head" of the femur. The socket is formed by the bones of the pelvis and is called the acetabulum.

Articular cartilage is a smooth shiny coating that covers the head of the femur and the acetabulum. Articular cartilage allows the head of the femur to move easily inside the acetabulum.

In Legg-Calve-Perthes disease there is an interruption of the blood supply to the growing head of the femur (also called the capital femoral epiphysis). Without blood, the bone that forms the head of the femur can not get the nutrients that it needs. The bone is damaged and areas of the growing head of the femur die. Eventually the blood supply to the growing head of the femur returns and the bone regenerates.

Unfortunately, in some cases of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease the growing head of the femur can lose its strength and can change its shape. When this happens there is increased stress on some areas of the head of the femur and the articular cartilage that covers it. Over a number of years this increased stress can lead to early osteoarthritis of the hip .

It is not clear what causes the blood supply to the growing head of the femur to be interrupted. Legg-Calve-Perthes disease occurs in children (most often between the ages of 5 and 10) and it is far more common in boys than in girls.

The treatment of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease depends on its severity. Most types of treatment work best when Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is detected early. Once it is detected, specialists that treat children with Legg-Calve-Perthes disease can plan out a treatment program.

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