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Michael James Larson, MD
(208) 356-9550
360 E Main St
Rexburg, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1980

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Andrew Waldron Summers, DDS
(208) 356-3621
36 Professional Plz Ste 200
Rexburg, ID
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Michael J Larson
(208) 356-9550
360 East Main
Rexburg, ID
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Kevin Murdoch Lee, MD
(208) 356-9550
360 E Main St
Rexburg, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1992

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Dwight Baker, DDS
(208) 524-0644
1900 John Adams Pkwy
Idaho Falls, ID
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Donald Leroy Larson, MD
360 E Main St
Rexburg, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Irvine, Ca Coll Of Med, Irvine Ca 92717
Graduation Year: 1962

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Kevin M Lee
(208) 356-9550
360 East Main
Rexburg, ID
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Ronald George Mills, MD
(208) 356-9666
10 Madison Professional Park
Rexburg, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nv Sch Of Med, Reno Nv 89557
Graduation Year: 1988

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Ronald G Mills
(208) 356-9666
10 Madison Professional Park
Rexburg, ID
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Casey Ira Huntsman, MD
(208) 522-6662
3300 Washington Pkwy
Idaho Falls, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
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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