Perthes Disease

Perthes Disease2017-02-17T18:25:23+00:00

Perthes disease occurs when the upper portion of the thighbone (femoral head) begins to deteriorate due to a lack of blood supply. The femoral head can become brittle and collapse, leading to a bone deformity and often arthritis. What causes this disease is unknown, but it does occur more often in boys than girls.


  • Pain in the knee or thigh
  • Pain that develops slowly over time
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Limping
  • Difficulty walking


  • Exercise and physical therapy
  • Bracing
  • Surgery

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