Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Wetumpka AL

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Miguel Angel Santiago, MD
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1973

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Tai Quoc Chung, MD
6936 Winton Blount Blvd
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1979

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Kenneth Keller Taylor, MD
(334) 395-5800
242 Winton M Blount Loop
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1977

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Albert T Foy, DMD
(334) 272-5910
5741 Carmichael Pkwy Ste B
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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David Eli Lipton, MD
(334) 271-4671
215 Perry Hill Rd
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1955

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Dr.David Lipton
(334) 272-4670
215 Perry Hill Road
Montgomery, AL
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch
Year of Graduation: 1955
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: Vamc
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Tai Chung
(334) 260-2288
6936 Winton Blount Blvd
Montgomery, AL
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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David J Brand, DDS
(334) 260-8166
4001 Carmichael Rd # 205
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Timothy A Holt
(334) 396-1886
257 Winton M Blount Loop
Montgomery, AL
Specialty
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Foch M Smart, DDS
(334) 271-2345
6741 Taylor Cir
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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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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