Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Springfield MO

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John Neal Mc Millin, MD
(417) 882-8437
3800 S National Ave Ste 700
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1980

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Marion Lee Wolf, MD
(417) 885-0899
3231 S National Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1968

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Judith Wilson Smith, MD
(417) 875-3476
3555 S National Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1983

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Pierre Laurent Clothiaux, MD
(417) 875-3170
1001 E Primrose St
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1982

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Pierre L Clothiaux
(417) 875-3462
3555 S National Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Edwin Mills Roeder, MD
(417) 875-3170
1001 E Primrose St
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1992

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Anthony Duane Mc Bride, MD
(417) 875-3476
3555 S National Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1988

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Michael Stewart Clarke, MD
(417) 881-5529
3150 S National Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics, General Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Lester E Cox Med Ctr North, Springfield, Mo; St Johns Reg Health Center, Springfield, Mo
Group Practice: Clarke Orthopedic Clinic

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John Scott Swango, MD
(417) 882-1900
3800 S National Ave Ste 100
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Lester E Cox Med Ctr North, Springfield, Mo
Group Practice: Ozarks Area Orthopedic Assoc

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Douglas M Duncan
(417) 875-3462
3555 S National Ave
Springfield, MO
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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