Legg Calve Perthes Disease
Limping is a common first symptom. Other problems may be:
- Hip or groin pain
- Thigh or knee pain
- Pain that is worse with activity
- Limited motion in the hip
You will be asked about your child’s symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the hip. This may be enough to suspect LCPD. Your child may be sent to a doctor who treats bones and joints.
Images of the hip may be taken. This can be done with:
- MRI scan
- Bone scans
Treatment will depend on the child's age. The goal is to ease pain and improve motion. This may be done with:
- Medicine to ease pain and swelling
- Physical therapy to improve strength and range of motion
- Casting and bracing to keep the head of the thigh bone in place
Surgery may be done in children who are not helped by other methods. It will help keep the head of the thigh bone in place.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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