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Brian J Awbrey MD
(617) 726-3808
151 Merrimac St
Boston, MA
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Orthopedics

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Joseph M De Michele
(781) 595-0998
190 Ocean Street
Lynn, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Joseph M DeMichele, MD
(781) 595-0998
190 Ocean St
Lynn, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Harold L Freedman
(781) 596-1113
496 Lynnfield St
Lynn, MA
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Robert R Pennell
(781) 593-5430
225 Boston St
East Lynn, MA
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Lawrence Ira Karlin, MD
(617) 355-6021
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA
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Children's Hospital Boston Orthopaedic Surger
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Orthopedics

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Joseph M De Michele, MD FACS
(781) 595-0998
190 Ocean St
Lynn, MA
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Male
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Medical School: Napoli
Graduation Year: 1951

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Robert Ralph Pennell, MD
(781) 593-5430
225 Boston St Ste 106
Lynn, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1967

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Harold Lewis Freedman, MD
(781) 596-1113
496 Lynnfield St Ste 105
Lynn, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1974

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Murray J Goodman
(978) 745-6282
9 Colby St
Salem, MA
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Orthopedic Surgery

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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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