Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Leominster MA

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Dr.Steven Manalan
(978) 345-0343
100 Hospital Rd # 3C
Leominster, MA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1971
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: Healthalliance Hospital -Burb, Fitchburg, Ma
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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James Cushing Bayley Jr, MD
(978) 534-6333
100 Hospital Rd Ste 3C
Leominster, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1979

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Robert Francis Jones, MD
(978) 534-6333
100 Hospital Rd Ste 3C
Leominster, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1986

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Marisa Ann Schmitt, MD
(978) 534-6333
100 Hospital Rd Ste 3C
Leominster, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1990

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Norman W Beberman
(978) 345-2400
33 Electric Ave
Fitchburg, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Kelton M Burbank
(978) 534-6333
100 Hospital Rd
Leominster, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Marisa A Schmitt
(978) 534-6333
100 Hospital Rd
Leominster, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Robert Francis Jones
(978) 534-6333
100 Hospital Rd
Leominster, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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George Lewinnek
(978) 345-2400
33 Electric Ave
Fitchburg, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Felix Heimberg, MD
(978) 343-3787
331 Northfield Rd
Lunenburg, MA
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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