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Ralph D Luther, MD FACS
9740 N Easy St
Hayden Lake, ID
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple
Graduation Year: 1942

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Erik Raymond Curtis, DDS
(208) 667-3341
1717 Lincoln Way # 203
Coeur D Alene, ID
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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William H Slaughter III, MD
(208) 664-2175
910 W Ironwood Dr
Coeur D Alene, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1964

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Scott Van Linder
(208) 667-9701
1118 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur D Alene, ID
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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William F Sims, MD
(208) 664-2175
850 W Ironwood Dr Ste 202
Coeur D Alene, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1997

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Ralph Dean Luther, MD
(509) 534-9405
Hayden Lake, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Roger Charles Dunteman, MD
(208) 664-2175
850 W Ironwood Dr Ste 202
Coeur D Alene, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1994

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Jonathan Sanford King, MD
(208) 667-7459
Coeur D Alene, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1999

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John Hintz, DDS
(208) 666-1431
2201 N Government Way Ste B
Coeur D Alene, ID
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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John Thomas Giesen, MD
(208) 667-7459
1107 W Ironwood Dr
Coeur D Alene, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1964

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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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