Bone, Joint and Muscle Conditions

Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease Treatment

Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease Treatment Options

For many years, doctors researching Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease have been looking for the best way to keep the femoral head working in the hip socket.

Using medicines and reducing activity to decrease pain seems to work the best in children younger than 6 years old. Sometimes doctors use a brace to slow a child down in an effort to decrease pain and improve movement of the hip.

Surgery for Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease

Children who are older than 6 years or who have more severe cases of Perthes disease are more likely to benefit from surgery. The goal of surgery is to prevent the dislocation or collapse of the hip. That is, to keep the femoral head in your child's hip socket.

These surgeries either tilt the ball so it is deeper in the socket or rotate the socket so that it will cover the ball better when your child walks. Sometimes doctors try to do both.