Legg-Calve-Perthes or LCP is a disease that starts right from childhood and affects different body parts like the hip or area where your thighbone (femur) and pelvis come together to form the ball-and-socket joint. This happens because of temporary blood supply lack. Common symptoms here include limping, restrictive motions of the hip and also pain and swelling in adjoining areas.
HOW IS LEGG-CALVES-PERTHES DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
During a physical examination, the health care provider will look for a loss in hip motion and a typical limp. A hip x-ray or pelvis x-ray may show signs of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. An MRI scan may be recommended for further diagnosis.
HOW IS LEGG-CALVES-PERTHES DISEASE TREATED?
The goal of treatment for Legg-Calves-Perthes Disease is to keep the femoral head as round as possible. Young children do not usually need surgery because as they grow the damage gets repaired. Physical therapy, crutches, traction and casts are commonly followed treatment methods. Surgery may be performed to prevent long term arthritis
DID YOU KNOW?
Children who have had Legg-Calve-Perthes disease are at higher risk of developing hip arthritis in adulthood — particularly if the hip joint heals in an abnormal shape. If the hip bones don't fit together well after healing, this can cause the joint to wear out early. Hip replacement surgery eventually may be required.