Perthes Disease

Perthes Disease

About Perthes Disease

Perthes disease is an rare childhood hip ailment that affects kids between the ages of four and twelve. When blood circulation to the ball or rounded head of the femur (thigh bone) is momentarily disrupted, the condition damages a child's hips. The bone cells progressively perish due to a lack of blood flow. As a result, perthes disease usually lasts a long time. The child's femur begins to fall apart as the illness worsens. When blood circulation to the femur resumes and normalises, the bone begins to develop.

Causes

Perthes disease is a complex childhood hip disorder which may last for a period of time.Inadequate blood flow to the femoral head of the hip joint causes this disease. The bone cells eventually die when the blood supply is cut off. Once the blood flow returns to normal, the bone cells begin to develop again.

Treatment

The perthes disease is treated in a number of ways according to the child’s age and severity of the hip disorder.Hip disorders in children under the age of six are addressed with physiotherapy and at-home activities. On the other hand, crutches, bed rest, and a customised leg brace/plaster cast may be recommended. Only when the symptoms are really severe is surgery recommended.