Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease New Castle IN

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Lindsey Ryan Rolston, MD
(765) 521-7385
2200 Forest Ridge Pkwy Ste 240
New Castle, IN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1989

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Thomas J Mathews
(765) 521-7385
2200 Forest Ridge Pkwy
New Castle, IN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Gregory Scott Hellwarth, MD
(765) 284-7738
16776 Massey Rd
Hagerstown, IN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1988

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Jeana J Lee, MD
(812) 477-1558
225 Crosslake Dr
Evansville, IN
Business
Tri State Orthopaedic Surgeons
Specialties
Orthopedics

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James J Murphy
(219) 836-7214
7905 Calumet Ave
Munster, IN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Thomas Joseph Mathews, MD
(765) 521-7385
2200 Forest Ridge Pkwy Ste 240
New Castle, IN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1989

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Lindsey R Rolston
(765) 521-7385
2200 Forest Ridge Pkwy
New Castle, IN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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K Donald Shelbourne, MD
(317) 924-8636
1815 N Capitol
Indianapolis, IN
Business
The Shelbourne Knee Center at Methodist Hospi
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Edward E Bell Jr. MD
(812) 945-8792
1919 State St
New Albany, IN
Specialties
Orthopedics

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James Albert Malayter, MD
(219) 921-1444
601 Gateway N
Chesterton, IN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Porter Mem Hosp, Valparaiso, In
Group Practice: Valparaiso Orthopedic Clinic Inc; Valparaiso Orthopedic Clinic Inc At Chesterton Medical Ctr; Valparaiso Orthopedic Clinic Inc At Portage Community Hosp

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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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