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Perthes Disease


This childhood hip condition is very much like the adult condition known as avascular necrosis. Inadequate blood supply to the hip bone causes the ball of the thighbone (femur) to become unstable, break easily or heal poorly. Keep reading to learn more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Unknown

Signs & Symptoms

  • Limping
  • Pain (especially with movement)

Tips & Treatment

  • More prevalent in boys than girls and in children ages 4-10.
  • With proper treatment, most return to normal activity.
  • Pain may be intermittent for a period of weeks or months.
  • Pain is often focused in groin, thigh or knee.
  • Treatment may range from physical therapy to casting to surgical alignment.

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