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What is the treatment for Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease?

Most treatments for Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease try to keep the head of the femur in the hip socket. General treatments for Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease include exercises to improve hip motion and strength, as well as braces. Braces may prevent weight being placed on the injured hip, limit hip movement, or allow all movement. Physical therapy can be extensive, and can continue for up to two years. If conservative treatments do not work, surgery may be needed.

(This answer provided for NATA by the University of Tampa Athletic Training Education Program)

Treatment is designed to protect the hip from further stress and injury and keep the ball of the thighbone (femur) in the hip socket. While resting the joint may help, prolonged bed rest isn’t recommended. 

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