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Robert John Edwards, DDS
(307) 742-6950
502 S 4th St
Laramie, WY
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Richard B Southwell
(307) 745-8851
1909 Vista Dr
Laramie, WY
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Robert John Curnow, MD
1909 Vista Dr
Laramie, WY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1971

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Jay G Carson
(307) 745-8851
1909 Vista Dr
Laramie, WY
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Michael Wasser, MD
(307) 745-8851
1909 Vista Dr
Laramie, WY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1981

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Jay G Carson, MD
1909 Vista Dr
Laramie, WY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1995

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Michael Wasser
(307) 745-8851
1909 Vista Dr
Laramie, WY
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Daniel Ellis Levene, MD
1909 Vista Dr
Laramie, WY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1993

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Robert J Curnow
(307) 745-8851
1909 Vista Dr
Laramie, WY
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Daniel F LeVene
(307) 745-8851
1909 Vista Dr
Laramie, WY
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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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