Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

The femoral epiphysis is the top of the femur (the bone that forms the ball part of the hip joint). This part of the bone is separated from the long part of the bone by cartilage while the bone is developing. In adolescents the capital femoral epiphysis can slip out of place, causing pain and diminishing range of motion. This condition commonly occurs between the ages 10-16 years old, and is more common in boys.


  • Pain in the knee
  • Muscle soreness
  • Pain when walking or moving


  • Surgery to stabilize the femoral epiphysis in place