Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Nicholasville KY

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Eugene Q Parr, MD
(859) 335-0611
1825 Keene Rd
Nicholasville, KY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Travis Andrew Hunt, MD
Lexington, KY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 2000

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Robert Bernard West, MD
(859) 224-2520
556 Townsend Rdg
Lexington, KY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1973

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Paul J Nicholls
(859) 278-3481
1780 Nicholasville Road
Lexington, KY
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Garnett J Sweeney, MD
(859) 278-3481
1780 Nicholasville Rd # RD-501
Lexington, KY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1967

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Mathew Atkerson Nicholls, MD
Nicholasville, KY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1999

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Russell Payne Greer, DDS
(606) 523-1961
2121 Nicholasville Rd Ste 110
Lexington, KY
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Mathew A Nicholls
(859) 278-3481
1780 Nicholasville Rd
Lexington, KY
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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James K Ritterbusch Jr, MD
(859) 277-5703
2537 Larkin Rd
Lexington, KY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1981

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Robert Thaddeus Grant, MD
601 Perimeter Dr
Lexington, KY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1981

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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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