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David Yarbrough, DDS
(256) 430-3478
PO Box 11025
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Richard C Burnside, MD
(256) 539-2728
927 Franklin St SE
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1967

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Roswell Charles Morley, MD
(256) 881-5151
4715 Whitesburg Dr S
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1971

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Larry M Parker
(256) 539-2728
927 Franklin St
Huntsville, AL
Specialty
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Franklin Calame Sammons, MD
(256) 881-5151
127 Seven Cedars Dr SE
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1978

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Michael E Miller
(256) 539-2728
927 Franklin St Se
Huntsville, AL
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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John H Walker
(256) 881-5151
4715 Whitesburg Dr S
Huntsville, AL
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Richard Dale Culpepper, MD
(256) 881-5151
4715 Whitesburg Dr S
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Crestwood Med Ctr, Huntsville, Al
Group Practice: Sportsmed

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Michael William Cantrell, MD
(757) 764-6494
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1997

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Howard G Miller
(256) 539-2728
927 Franklin St
Huntsville, AL
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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