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Hugh S West Jr., MD
(801) 314-4900
5848 S 300 E
Murray, UT
Business
Intermountain Orthopaedic Specialty Group
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Gordon Richard Kimball, MD
(801) 571-7061
9844 S 1300 E Ste 275
Sandy, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1970

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Jay David Parkin, MD
(801) 571-7000
9844 S 1300 E Ste 100
Sandy, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1988

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Robert H Horne
(801) 572-4433
9844 South 1300 East
Sandy, UT
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Donald A Schmidt
(801) 571-7061
9844 S 1300 E
Sandy, UT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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David N Remington, DDS
(801) 571-9662
850 E 9400 S Ste 201
Sandy, UT
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Dr.Anthony Gordon
(801) 571-9433
9844 S 1300 E # 100
Sandy, UT
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1986
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Russell Lamar Sorensen
(801) 571-1552
9844 S 1300 E
Sandy, UT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Byron S Okubo, DDS
(801) 364-9939
852 Fort Union Blvd
Sandy, UT
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Rand D Brown, DDS
(801) 571-1995
1434 E 9400 S Ste 204
Sandy, UT
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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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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