Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Irmo SC

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Brian Costello O' Leary, DDS
(803) 732-7223
1544 Old Tamah Rd
Irmo, SC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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John W Pitner, DMD
(803) 781-5225
5953 Wescott Rd
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Dr.Mark Locke
(803) 227-8000
7033 Saint Andrews Road
Columbia, SC
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1991
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.8, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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David Edwin Koon Jr, MD
(803) 434-6812
2 Medical Park Rd Ste 404
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sc Sch Of Med, Columbia Sc 29208
Graduation Year: 1992

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Dr.Kevin K. Nahigian
(803) 534-7600
710 Rabon Road #100
Columbia, SC
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1990
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.2, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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James Allen Oleary, MD
(803) 256-4107
320 Harbison Blvd
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1993

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Albert Thomas Gilpin Jr, MD
(803) 256-4107
320 Harbison Blvd
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sc Sch Of Med, Columbia Sc 29208
Graduation Year: 1984

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Jeffrey Alan Guy, MD
(803) 434-7689
2 Medical Park Rd Ste 404
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1994

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Kyle Ernest Watford, MD
(843) 792-1414
3 Medical Park Rd
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1996

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Christopher George Mazoue
(803) 434-6812
2 Medical Park Rd
Columbia, SC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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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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