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William Bryan Jennings, DO
(336) 765-1571
1900 S Hawthorne Rd
Winston Salem, NC
Business
Jennings Clinic PA
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Gary G Poehling, MD
(336) 716-8200
Medical Ctr Blvd
Winston Salem, NC
Business
WFUBMC Orthopaedics
Specialties
Orthopedics

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James Elbert Robinson, MD
(336) 724-0072
Winston Salem, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1953

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Herbert O Phillips, MD
4100 Cold Springs Rd
Winston Salem, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1981

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James B Mc Lain, DDS
(336) 760-1491
1564 N Peace Haven Rd
Winston Salem, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jerome E Jennings, MD
(336) 765-1571
1900 S Hawthorne Rd
Winston Salem, NC
Business
Jennings Clinic PA
Specialties
Orthopedics

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James Edwin Rice, MD
(336) 768-9500
Winston-Salem, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1979

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William H Satterfield, MD
(336) 724-2310
Winston-Salem, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1998

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Stephen Hubert Homer, MD
(336) 768-7669
2501 Towergate Ct Apt 5
Winston Salem, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1961

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Frank E Pollock, MD
(336) 724-3141
2833 Forest Dr
Winston Salem, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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