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Stephen M Waggoner
(901) 382-2606
3980 New Covington Pike
Memphis, TN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Keener B Ragsdale III, MD
(901) 725-5136
3980 New Covington Pike
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Orthopedics, General Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1980

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John J Lochemes
(901) 382-2606
3980 New Covington Pike
Memphis, TN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Christopher Allen Ferguson
(901) 382-2606
3980 New Covington Pike
Memphis, TN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Michael H Lynch
(901) 382-2606
3980 New Covington Pike
Memphis, TN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Christian S Fahey
(901) 382-2606
3980 New Covington Pike
Memphis, TN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Arsen H Manugian
(901) 382-2606
3980 New Covington Pike
Memphis, TN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Mark S Harriman
(901) 382-2606
3980 New Covington Pike
Memphis, TN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Samir Riad Dawoud, MD
(901) 377-6525
3068 Covington Pike
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cairo, Fac Of Med, Cairo, Egypt (330-02 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1960

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John Joseph Lochemes, MD
(901) 725-5136
2235 Covington Pike
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1988

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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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