Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Pearl MS

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Gerald D Brister, DDS
(601) 939-4477
5647 Highway 80 E Ste 8
Pearl, MS
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Manish Arun Patel
(601) 354-4488
1325 E Fortification St
Jackson, MS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Walter Rowen Shelton
(601) 354-4488
1325 E Fortification St
Jackson, MS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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George Wesley Truett, MD
(601) 933-1700
1020 River Oaks Dr
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1961
Hospital
Hospital: St Dominic-Jackson Memorial H, Jackson, Ms; River Oaks Hospital, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Central Orthopaedic Clnc P A

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James Oliver Manning, MD
(601) 354-4488
1325 E Fortification St
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1959

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Felix H Savoie III, MD
(601) 354-4488
1325 E Fortification St
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: River Oaks Hospital, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Mississippi Sports Medicine

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Aubrey Lucas
(601) 939-9999
2550 Flowood Dr
Flowood, MS
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Michael G Dulske, MD
(601) 987-8200
1020 River Oaks Dr Ste 450
Flowood, MS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tx Tech Univ Hlth Sci Ctr Sch Of Med, Lubbock Tx 79430
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: St Dominic-Jackson Memorial H, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Capital Orthopaedic Clinic

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Walter Rowan Shelton, MD
(601) 354-4488
1325 E Fortification St
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms; St Dominic-Jackson Memorial H, Jackson, Ms; River Oaks Hospital, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Mississippi Sports Medicine

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Penny Jo Lawin
(601) 354-4488
1325 E Fortification St
Jackson, MS
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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