Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Woonsocket RI

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Edward Akelman, MD
(401) 457-1500
2 Dudley St
Providence, RI
Business
University Orthopedics Inc
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Christopher J Breen, MD
219 Cass Ave
Woonsocket, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1995

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Jacques L Bonnet Eymard, MD
(401) 769-2006
2345 Mendon Rd
Woonsocket, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Sci Et Med De Grenoble, Uer De Med, La Tronche, France
Graduation Year: 1971

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Henry S Urbaniak Jr, MD
(401) 334-3700
6 Blackstone Valley Pl Ste 530
Lincoln, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1961

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Dr.ROBERT FORTUNA
(401) 334-1060
2138 Mendon Road
Cumberland, RI
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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Dr.Christopher Breen
(401) 769-4100
115 Cass Avenue
Woonsocket, RI
Gender
M
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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Carl C DiRobbio
(401) 765-0700
2345 Mendon Rd
Woonsocket, RI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Alan Solomon
(508) 966-9888
116 Mechanic St
Bellingham, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Joseph A Izzi, MD
(401) 353-5550
15 Greenwood Ln
Lincoln, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Di Bologna, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Bologna, Italy
Graduation Year: 1962

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Christopher Nicholas Chihlas
(401) 944-3800
2138 Mendon Rd
Cumberland, RI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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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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