Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Owatonna MN

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Jeffrey D Loveless, DDS
(507) 451-5993
605 Hillcrest Ave
Owatonna, MN
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Kenneth Dean Olsen, MD
(507) 444-5077
134 Southview St
Owatonna, MN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1988

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Bradley Robert Wille, MD
(507) 334-1601
633 1st St SE
Faribault, MN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Northfield Hospital, Northfield, Mn
Group Practice: Allina Medical Clinic Northfield Office; Orthopaedic & Fracture Clnc Pa

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William Howard Laney, MD
(507) 334-1601
633 1st St SE
Faribault, MN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1974

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Paul B Gersmeyer, DDS
(507) 334-6433
331 Faribault Rd
Rosemount, MN
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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David Widen Ivance, MD
(507) 444-5069
134 Southview St
Owatonna, MN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1997

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Susan J Nissen, MD
(816) 234-3970
924 1st St NE
Faribault, MN
Specialties
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine-Orthopedic Surgery
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: Childrens Mercy Hosp, Kansas City, Mo
Group Practice: Childrens Mercy Hospital Professional Group

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Clinton Arthur Muench, MD
(507) 334-1601
633 1st St SE
Faribault, MN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1996

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Garry M Banks, MD
(763) 577-1877
8232 SR-65
Minneapolis, MN
Business
Advanced Spine Associates
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Virgil Meyer
(320) 632-3671
1108 1st St Se
Little Falls, MN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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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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