Perthes Disease is a condition that affects the hips of children; typically between the ages of 4 and 8 years. As a result of inadequate blood supply, the top of the thigh bone can be come softened which affects bone growth which therefore becomes painful. Both boys and girls can be affected, but boys are about fours times as likely as girls to suffer with this condition.
The typical signs and symptoms are a limp that gets worse over time. Pain in and around the hip region, a loss of range of movement at the hip and sometimes a leg length discrepancy may be seen.
If you feel your child may be suffering with this condition you should act quickly to see a medical professional who may then undertake investigations to confirm the diagnosis. The management of your child will depend on the severity of the condition. In mild cases it may require a period of immobilisation or the use of crutches, in more severe cases surgery may be required. Physiotherapy can often help with the rehabilitation of your child and will aim to work on the mobility of the joint, balance and strength.
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