Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Texarkana AR

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Gregory Joseph Smolarz
(903) 792-5005
3708 Summerhill Rd
Texarkana, TX
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Harold G Weems, MD
(903) 792-5005
3708 Summerhill Rd
Texarkana, TX
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1993

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Darius Franklin Mitchell
(903) 614-3000
5002 Cowhorn Creek Rd
Texarkana, TX
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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James Earl Keever, MD
3708 Summerhill Rd
Texarkana, TX
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1969

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Gregory Joseph Smolarz, MD
(903) 792-5005
3708 Summerhill Rd
Texarkana, TX
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: St Michael Hosp, Texarkana, Tx
Group Practice: Orthopaedic Specialists Of Texarkana Pllc

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Albert R Mc Williams, DDS
(903) 794-2826
2800 Texas Blvd
Texarkana, TX
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Michael L Ward, DDS
(903) 792-9645
9 Woodmont Crossing St
Texarkana, TX
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Harold Gordon Weems
(903) 792-5005
3708 Summerhill Rd
Texarkana, TX
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Jeffrey Thomas De Haan, MD
(903) 792-5005
3708 Summerhill Rd
Texarkana, TX
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: St Michael Hosp, Texarkana, Tx
Group Practice: Orthopaedic Specialists Of Texarkana Pllc

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Richard Major Hilborn, MD
(903) 614-5400
2604 Saint Michael Dr
Texarkana, TX
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1979

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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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