Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Rutherfordton NC

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Michael William Roberts, MD
(828) 287-9260
139 Doctor Henry Norris Dr
Rutherfordton, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1987

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Harry P Rudolph, MD
(828) 286-3313
139 Dr Henry North Dr
Rutherfordton, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1989

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Charles D Bond
(828) 287-9260
139 Doctor Henry Norris Dr
Rutherfordton, NC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Charles Dana Bond, MD
(828) 287-9260
139 Doctor Henry Norris Dr
Rutherfordton, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1988

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G Stephen Bell, DDS
(828) 245-5462
Po Box 788
Forest City, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Harry P Rudolph IV, MD
139 Doctor Henry Norris Dr
Rutherfordton, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1989

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Herbert Graham Rogers, MD
(828) 287-5937
Rutherfordton, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1999

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Harry Peter Rudolph
(828) 287-9260
139 Doctor Henry Norris Dr
Rutherfordton, NC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Michael W Roberts
(828) 287-9260
139 Doctor Henry Norris Dr
Rutherfordton, NC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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John Edward Davis
(828) 286-4298
112 Sparks Dr
Forest City, NC
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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