Perthe’s Disease is rare and occurs most commonly in children ages four to eight and sometimes, teenagers. The cause of the disease remains unknown.
What is it?
Perthe’s Disease is the disruption in blood supply to the head of the femur, causing the death of bone cells, also called necrosis. Deformity may occur upon return of the blood supply to the area causing further issues with the hip joint.
Common Signs & Symptoms:
Common symptoms include pain and fatigue in the hip joint, pain may also be felt in the knee, stiffness at the hip joint, and reduce hip mobility. A limb may be present.
Assessment methods involve evaluating pain levels and location, testing strength and range of motion limitations, and collection of patient history. An x-ray or MRI can often confirm the diagnosis.
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