Are 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.