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James Hollins Lipsey Jr, MD
(828) 452-2099
59 Haywood Office Park Ste D
Waynesville, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1956

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William Boyd Owen Jr, MD
(828) 456-5876
Waynesville, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1971

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Christofer Catterson, MD
Clyde, NC
Specialty
Orthopaedic Sugeon

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Gerald W King
(828) 452-4131
600 Hospital Dr
Clyde, NC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Christopher C Catterson, MD
(828) 452-4001
600 Hospital Dr Ste 3
Clyde, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Norman Ross Irvine, DDS
(828) 452-4716
37 Church St
Waynesville, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Horace D Townsend, MD
(941) 792-1404
Maggie Valley, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Christofer C Catterson
(828) 452-4131
600 Hospital Dr
Clyde, NC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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William Donald Miller, MD
490 Hospital Dr Ste 1
Clyde, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1996

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Jeffrey R Chain
(828) 452-4131
600 Hospital Dr
Clyde, NC
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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