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Brian J Awbrey MD
(617) 726-3808
151 Merrimac St
Boston, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Joseph M DeMichele, MD
(781) 595-0998
190 Ocean St
Lynn, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Joseph M De Michele
(781) 595-0998
190 Ocean Street
Lynn, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Harold Lewis Freedman, MD
(781) 596-1113
496 Lynnfield St Ste 105
Lynn, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1974

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Robert R Pennell
(781) 593-5430
225 Boston St
East Lynn, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Lawrence Ira Karlin, MD
(617) 355-6021
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA
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Children's Hospital Boston Orthopaedic Surger
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Joseph M De Michele, MD FACS
(781) 595-0998
190 Ocean St
Lynn, MA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Napoli
Graduation Year: 1951

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Harold L Freedman
(781) 596-1113
496 Lynnfield St
Lynn, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Robert Ralph Pennell, MD
(781) 593-5430
225 Boston St Ste 106
Lynn, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1967

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Murray J Goodman
(978) 745-6282
9 Colby St
Salem, MA
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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