Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease La Grande OR

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Gregg S Densmore
(541) 963-8578
700 Sunset Dr
La Grande, OR
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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James R Kopp
(541) 963-9843
710 Sunset Dr Ste E
La Grande, OR
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Gregg Stanley Densmore, MD
(541) 963-8578
700 Sunset Dr Ste F
La Grande, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1983

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James Robert Kopp, MD
(541) 963-9843
710 Sunset Dr Ste E
La Grande, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1974

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Kopp, James R, Md - James R Kopp Pc
(541) 963-9843
710 Sunset Dr Ste E
LA Grande, OR

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Donald Orland Warren, MD
(541) 963-8578
700 Sunset Dr Ste F
La Grande, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Grande Ronde Hospital, La Grande, Or

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Joseph Daniel Martinez, DMD
(541) 963-3525
904 6th St
La Grande, OR
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Donald O Warren
(541) 963-8578
700 Sunset Dr
La Grande, OR
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Warren Donald O Md
(541) 963-8578
700 Sunset Dr Ste F
La Grande, OR

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Densmore Gregg S Md
(541) 963-8578
700 Sunset Dr Ste F
La Grande, OR

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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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