Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Maple Heights OH

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Thomas F Bear, MD
(330) 929-9136
437 Portage Trl
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Business
Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Surgery Cuyahoga Fa
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Matthew Eric Levy, MD
(440) 232-8719
50 Blaine Ave Ste 2300
Bedford, OH
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Lutheran Med Ctr, Cleveland, Oh
Group Practice: Ohio City Orthopaedics

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Richard R Masin
(216) 367-1850
4100 Warrensville Center Rd
Cleveland, OH
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Gordon N Farner, MD FACS
(216) 382-2155
1841 Ridgebrook Cir
Cleveland, OH
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nebraska
Graduation Year: 1948

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Robert Bruce Leb
(216) 831-7855
3755 Orange Pl
Beachwood, OH
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Matthew Levy
(440) 232-8719
50 Blaine Ave
Bedford, OH
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Sheryl R Handler Matasar, MD
(330) 884-3280
27050 Cedar Rd Apt 412
Beachwood, OH
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1999

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Sheldon Kaffen, MD
(216) 752-0366
4200 Warrensville Center Rd Ste 451 Bldg A
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1958

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Avrum I Froimson, MD
(216) 839-3700
26900 Cedar Rd Ste 305
Beachwood, OH
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Kraig Solak, DO
(216) 491-7460
4100 Warrensville Center Rd
Cleveland, OH
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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