Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Virginia Beach VA

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Richard T Holden, MD
(757) 547-5145
100 Wimbledon Sq
Chesapeake, VA
Business
Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Howard S Dorfman, DMD
(757) 340-7000
4356-4 Bonney Rd Ste 101
Virginia Bch, VA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Kenneth Albinder, DDS
(757) 495-7866
4291 Holland Rd Ste 112
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Louis R Jordan
(757) 490-4802
5501 Greenwich Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Robert Michael Graham, MD
(757) 321-3300
230 Clearfield Ave
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1980

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J Abbott Byrd, MD FACS
(757) 461-1781
3767 Oyster Point Quay
Virginia Beach, VA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Virginia
Graduation Year: 1978

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Russell Glenn Owens, DDS
(757) 340-7000
4356-4 Bonney Rd Ste 101
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Curtis Wayne Hartman, MD
(757) 340-6155
1480 Five Hill Trl
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 2003

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Samuel Charles Kline, MD
(757) 481-2663
230 Clearfield Ave
Virginia Beach, VA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1985

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Thomas Carl Markham, MD
(757) 461-1780
230 Clearfield Ave Ste 124
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Va
Group Practice: Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists Business Office

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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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