Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Scituate MA

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Brian J Awbrey MD
(617) 726-3808
151 Merrimac St
Boston, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics

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David J Henry, MD
(781) 848-1947
PO Box 63
Minot, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Joseph Matthew Lenehan, MD
(781) 340-4100
17 Cole Rd
Hingham, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1969

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David G Heller, MD
(781) 749-7476
Hingham, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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James A Dolphin, MD FACS
(617) 749-1297
6 Martins Cove Rd
Hingham, MA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts
Graduation Year: 1949

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Thomas Jenner Berry, MD
(508) 238-6177
40 Driftway Unit 13
Scituate, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1958

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Richard A Mayo
(781) 878-5200
75 Washington St
Norwell, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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James A Dolphin, MD
(781) 749-1297
6 Martins Cove Rd
Hingham, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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David Gary Heller, MD
(781) 749-7476
541 Main St Ste 104
Hingham, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1968

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Dr.Michael Marchetti
(781) 337-5555
51 Performance Drive
East Weymouth, MA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mass Medical Ctr
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Hospital: South Shore Hospital
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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