Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Lansdowne PA

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Robert E Booth Jr., MD
(215) 829-2222
800 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA
Business
3 B Orthopaedics
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Gerald D Hayken, MD
(856) 235-7080
204 Ark Rd
Mount Laurel, NJ
Business
Burlington County Orthopaedic Specialists PA
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Joseph Shatouhy
(610) 626-9800
433 S Lansdowne Ave
Lansdowne, PA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Joseph Bernstein, MD
(215) 562-2265
501 S 54th St Ste G28
Philadelphia, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1990

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James A Tillilie, DMD
(610) 544-2272
2 E Woodland Ave
Springfield, PA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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David Eugene Reinhardt, DO
(215) 947-7550
727 Welsh Rd
Huntingdon Valley, PA
Business
Pennsylvania Orthopaedics
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Frederic E Liss, MD
(610) 935-1120
400 S Main St
Phoenixville, PA
Business
Phoenixville Orthopedic Associates
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Thomas Michael Kain III, MD
(610) 534-6130
1501 Lansdowne Ave Ste 102
Darby, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1969

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Gilbert Geo Tobler, MD
4729 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1955

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James Joseph Purtill, MD
Philadelphia, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1993

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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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