Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Northville MI

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Mark S Hunter, DMD
(734) 675-1170
2230 W Rd
Northville, MI
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jeffrey Thomas Waldrop, MD
(313) 730-0500
41715 Chesterfield Ct
Novi, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1988

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Steven Alan Kushner, DO
(248) 305-9614
23985 Novi Rd Ste B101
Novi, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1984

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Cynthia Lauren Fee, DDS
(734) 455-2323
9416 S Main St
Plymouth, MI
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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John Anthony Boudreau, MD
Farmington, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 2000

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Stephen Joel Minns, DDS
(248) 476-9121
24520 Meadowbrook Rd
Novi, MI
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Robert P Colen
(248) 381-5777
25500 Meadowbrook Rd
Novi, MI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Steven Alan Kushner
(248) 305-9614
23985 Novi Rd
Novi, MI
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Jerry Herman Rosenberg, MD
(248) 347-2435
47601 Grand River Ave Ste A120
Novi, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1975

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William E Siebert, MD
(248) 349-1533
45475 Andes Hills Ct
Novi, MI
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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