Legg-Calves-Perthes Disease is a condition that affects the hip, where the thighbone and the pelvis meet in a ball and socket joint. This childhood condition occurs when the blood supply to ball part of the joint is temporarily interrupted. This causes the bone to break more easily and heal poorly. The common symptoms include limping, pain or stiffness in the hip, thighs, groin area or the knee.
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?
Legg-Calves-Perthes Disease usually involves one hip. In some children, both hips may get affected but at different times.