Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Pawtucket RI

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Edward Akelman, MD
(401) 457-1500
2 Dudley St
Providence, RI
Business
University Orthopedics Inc
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Henry Litchman
(401) 722-2400
588 Pawtucket Ave
Pawtucket, RI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Marco Paolo Dirks, MD
(401) 722-2400
588 Pawtucket Ave
Pawtucket, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1990

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Howard S Hirsch
(401) 722-2400
588 Pawtucket Ave
Pawtucket, RI
Specialty
Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery

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Mehrdad Motamed
(401) 722-2400
588 Pawtucket Ave
Pawtucket, RI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Jonathan Gastel
(401) 722-2400
588 Pawtucket Ave
Pawtucket, RI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Michel A Arcand, MD
(401) 729-3851
111 Brewster St
Pawtucket, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
French
Education
Medical School: Univ Laval, Fac De Med, Sainte-Foy, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Ri

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Steven Neal Graff, MD
(508) 222-4450
588 Pawtucket Ave
Pawtucket, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1987

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Stephen Jos O'Connell, MD
(760) 568-2684
111 Brewster St
Pawtucket, RI
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1982

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Michael James Belanger, MD
(401) 729-3851
111 Brewster St
Pawtucket, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1993

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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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