Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Sterling VA

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Paul Thomas Mecherikunnel
(703) 435-5510
107 E Holly Ave
Sterling, VA
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Lynnford S Wilson
(703) 444-5000
21475 Ridgetop Cir
Sterling, VA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Derek Hidehiko Ochiai, MD
(703) 525-2200
21400 Ridgetop Cir
Sterling, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1997

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Lawrence Cohen, MD
(703) 430-2321
Sterling, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1965

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Lynnford Saml Wilson Jr, MD
(574) 271-5151
21475 Ridgetop Cir Ste 150
Sterling, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1974

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Lynnford Saml Wilson, MD
(703) 444-5000
21475 Ridgetop Cir Ste 150
Sterling, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1974

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Randall S Peyton
(703) 444-5000
21475 Ridgetop Cir
Sterling, VA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Randall Sutton Peyton, MD
(703) 444-5000
21475 Ridgetop Cir Ste 150
Sterling, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1989

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Paul T Mecherikunnel, MD
(703) 435-5510
22648 Glenn Dr Ste 101
Sterling, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1989

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Francis B Hennessey, MD
(607) 797-7916
Sterling, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1953

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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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