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Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

Legg-Calve-Perthes DiseaseAre you experiencing any of the following symptoms?

  • Difficulty walking
  • Walking with a limp
  • Pain in the hip, knee, thigh, or groin
  • Muscle spasms
  • Loss of muscle mass in the upper thigh
  • Decreased movement and stiffness of the hip
  • Shortened height

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is a condition that affects the upper part of the thighbone, or femur, most commonly in children between the ages of 3 and 12. This condition develops when the flow of blood to the head of the thighbone is reduced, causing a breakdown and deformity. When this occurs, the bone is weakened and may fracture easily. When blood flow is restored, the thighbone will begin to heal, but may not return to a normal shape. This causes the head of the thighbone to fit into the hip socket incorrectly, leading to stiffness and pain.

We Can Help

If you have symptoms of Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, contact us to schedule an appointment.