Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Manchester NH

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Clifford M Levy, MD
(603) 224-3368
264 Pleasant St
Concord, NH
Business
Concord Orthopaedic Professional Associates
Specialties
Orthopedics

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William P Rix
(603) 669-5454
700 Lake Ave
Manchester, NH
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Eric Robert Benson, MD
(603) 669-5454
700 Lake Ave Ste 1
Manchester, NH
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 1993

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Dr.Mary Lee Sole
(603) 625-1655
4 Elliot Way #201
Manchester, NH
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1984
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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David G Publow, MD
(603) 668-5754
4 Elliot Way Ste 100
Manchester, NH
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1965

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Mark Frederick Piscopo, MD
(603) 625-1655
4 Elliot Way Ste 100
Manchester, NH
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ottawa, Fac Of Med, Ottawa, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1978

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David Hunt Gundy, MD
(603) 669-5454
700 Lake Ave Ste 1
Manchester, NH
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1967

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Richard P Hockman
(603) 669-5454
700 Lake Ave
Manchester, NH
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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David H Gundy
(603) 669-5454
700 Lake Ave
Manchester, NH
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Marc J Michaud
(603) 669-5454
700 Lake Ave
Manchester, NH
Specialty
Foot & Ankle 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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