Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis Farmville VA

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Alain Desy, MD FACS
(434) 315-2998
PO Box 796
Farmville, VA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Montpellier
Graduation Year: 1983

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John Andrew Kona
(434) 392-8811
800 Oak St
Farmville, VA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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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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Dirk S Proffer
(757) 388-5680
600 Gresham Dr
Norfolk, VA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Jeffrey L Hanway
(703) 573-7168
8501 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Ronald L Haney
(434) 392-8849
1509 W 3rd St
Farmville, VA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Ronald Loyde Haney, MD
(434) 392-8849
1509 W 3rd St
Farmville, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1964

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Edward G Alexander Jr., MD
(703) 461-7100
4801 Kenmore Ave
Alexandria, VA
Business
Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Group
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Bruce S Zimmer
(703) 921-9130
6355 Walker Lane
Alexandria, VA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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David J Novak
(703) 471-5300
13350 Franklin Farm Road
Herndon, VA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Hip Pain Info - Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

In order to understand this condition 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 head of the femur in growing children is also called the "capital femoral epiphysis".

The areas where bones grow are called growth plates. In growing children there is a growth plate just below the head of the femur. Growth plates are weaker than other parts of the bone. Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is the term used to describe the condition in adolescents in which the growing head of the femur (also called the capital femoral epiphysis) "slips" off the rest of the thigh bone. It slips off in a backward direction.

Why the capital femoral epiphysis "slips" off the rest of the thigh bone is not well understood but it is thought to have something to do with weakness of the growth plate. Slipped capital femoral epiphysis usually happens during periods of rapid growth, shortly after the beginning of puberty.

Although the cause of slipped capital femoral epiphysis is not known, what is known is that it happens more often in boys than in girls. Increased body weight may also play a role.

In most cases of slipped capital femoral epiphysis the slip happens slowly. However, in some cases the slip happens suddenly and can be associated with a minor fall...

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