Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease New Britain CT

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Jeffrey B Steckler, MD
(860) 225-3587
35 Pearl St Ste 101
New Britain, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1966

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David Arthur J Belman, MD
(860) 229-3918
PO Box 547
New Britain, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mc Gill Univ, Fac Of Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1966

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Terrence K Donahue
(860) 826-5288
40 Hart Street
New Britain, CT
Specialty
General Surgery, Hand Surgery

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Stephen L Pillsbury
(860) 832-4666
73 Cedar St
New Britain, CT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Richard Lee Froeb
(860) 223-8553
40 Hart St
New Britain, CT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Jeffery B Steckler
(860) 225-3587
35 Pearl St
New Britain, CT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Robert Saml Waskowitz, MD
(860) 224-6709
40 Hart St
New Britain, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1990

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Robert M Belniak
(860) 832-4666
73 Cedar St
New Britain, CT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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William Jay Waskowitz, MD
(860) 229-5800
40 Hart St
New Britain, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1957

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Dr.Richard Scarlett
(860) 832-4666
40 Hart Street
New Britain, CT
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: Hospital Of Central Connecticut
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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