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Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)


More common in adolescents than adults, SCFE occurs when the ball of the thighbone or femur slips backward out of the socket. Keep reading to learn about more risk factors and treatment.

Causes & Triggers

  • Unknown, however, contributing factors may include:
    • Genetics/heredity
    • Growth plate weakness
    • Minor fall or trauma
    • Being overweight

Signs & Symptoms

  • Inability to fully rotate hip inward
  • Intermittent limp
  • Looks as if affect leg is shorter
  • Outward turning appearance
  • Pain (hip, knee)
  • Unable to bear weight

Tips & Treatment

  • This condition requires immediate surgical treatment to prevent continued slippage.

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