Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Windham ME

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Allan J Stinchfield, MD
PO Box 156
Gorham, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Philip Strohm Anson
(207) 781-4424
20 Northbrook Dr
Falmouth, ME
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Philip S Anson, MD
(207) 781-4424
20 Northbrook Dr
Falmouth, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Hospital, Portland, Me; Maine Med Ctr, Portland, Me; Brighton Med Ctr, Portland, Me; Stephens Mem Hosp, Norway, Me
Group Practice: Falmouth Orthepedic Ctr

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Lawrence Marvin Leonard, MD
(207) 781-2426
Falmouth, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1956

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Mats Agren
(207) 781-4424
20 Northbrook Dr
Falmouth, ME
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Dr.Stephen Rodrigue
(207) 781-4424
20 Northbrook Drive
Falmouth, ME
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Stephen Wilfred Rodrigue, MD
(207) 781-1666
20 Northbrook Dr
Falmouth, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1992

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Stephen Wilfred Rodrigue
(207) 781-4424
20 Northbrook Dr
Falmouth, ME
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Mats Agren, MD
(207) 781-1810
20 Northbrook Dr
Falmouth, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
Swedish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Hospital, Portland, Me; Maine Med Ctr, Portland, Me
Group Practice: Falmouth Orthepedic Ctr

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Dr.MATS AGREN
(207) 781-4424
20 Northbrook Drive
Falmouth, ME
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1987
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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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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