Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Old Hickory TN

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Lloyd Alexis Walwyn, MD
(615) 865-1616
601 W Due West Ave
Madison, TN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1967

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Tarek Galal Elalayli
(615) 885-0200
5651 Frist Blvd
Hermitage, TN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Alan Stuart Henson, MD
(615) 865-1337
510 Hospital Dr Ste 100
Madison, TN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1977

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Sean B Kaminsky
(615) 889-3340
5651 Frist Blvd
Hermitage, TN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Norman L Sims, MD FACS
25 Wyndermere
Hendersonville, TN
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tennessee
Graduation Year: 1957

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Gary David Rubin, MD
500 Hospital Dr
Madison, TN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Southern Il Univ Sch Of Med, Springfield Il 62794
Graduation Year: 1982

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Robert P Fogolin
(615) 264-2600
353 New Shackle Island Rd
Hendersonville, TN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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John J Kruse, MD
(615) 871-4100
5651 Frist Blvd Ste 702
Hermitage, TN
Specialties
Neurological Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery Of The Spine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1993
Hospital
Hospital: Hendersonville Hospital, Hendersonvlle, Tn; Tennessee Christian Med Ctr, Madison, Tn; Summit Med Ctr, Hermitage, Tn; Skyline Med Ctr, Nashville, Tn
Group Practice: Middle Tennessee Neurosurgery

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Bartley H Benson, DDS
(615) 885-1349
PO Box 8
Hermitage, TN
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Gregg Andrew Motz, MD
(615) 826-7171
353 New Shackle Island Rd
Hendersonville, TN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1995

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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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