PT Classroom - Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease - A Pediatric Disease ׀ by Kristin Konicek, DPT
Kristin Konicek, DPT graduated in 2008 from Marquette University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2005. Kristin has experience in a variety of ages and patient populations including geriatrics, sports medicine, accident or work related injury and a variety of orthopedic disorders. Kristin is enthusiastic about making a difference in the lives of her patients and improving their quality of life. Her training includes manual therapy and she remains committed to ongoing education for the most up to date care. She is currently a physical therapist for United Hospital System in Kenosha, WI.
Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease - A Pediatric Disease
Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease is a pediatric disease which affects the femoral
head. The disease is an avascular necrosis of the femoral head always including
the capital femoris epiphysis. Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease (LCPD) affects 1 in
1200 children with boys more than girls, 4:1 (6). LCPD shows up mostly in the
Caucasian race. Most often the disease is unilateral but a small percentage of
children with LCPD do develop the disease in bilateral hips. Most children are
diagnosed between 6 to 9 years of age with a range from 2 to 12 years old (6).
The disease will manifest itself and recover within a year or a few. The disease
is also called coxa plan or osteochondritis of the femoral head.
Last revised: March 15, 2011