Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Westerly RI

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Stephen B Gross
(401) 596-9039
81 Beach St
Westerly, RI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Philo F Willetts
(401) 596-7762
37 East Ave
Westerly, RI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Philo F Willetts Jr, MD
(401) 596-7762
37 East Ave
Westerly, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1970

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Stephen Barrett Gross, MD
(401) 596-5430
81 Beach St
Westerly, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dartmouth Med, Hanover Nh 03755
Graduation Year: 1985

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A John Elliot, MD
(401) 348-8082
45R East Ave
Westerly, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1959

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Dr.Stephen Gross
(401) 596-9039
81 Beach Street
Westerly, RI
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Christopher M Hutchins
(401) 596-0259
45 Wells St
Westerly, RI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Daniel R Gaccione, MD
(401) 596-0259
45 Wells St Ste 204
Westerly, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1985

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Daniel R Gaccione
(401) 596-0259
45 Wells St
Westerly, RI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Kevin Charles Neilson, MD
(860) 445-1930
25 Wells St
Westerly, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1969

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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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