Perthes’ disease is rare, affecting 1 in 9,000 children, and we do not fully understand the reason why it occurs.
Perthes’ disease affects the femoral head – the ball part of the ball-and-socket hip joint at the top of the thigh bone. It loses its blood supply and as a result can become misshapen. This can lead to arthritis of the hip in later years.
If your child is limping and develops any of the following signs you should urgently call 111 who will triage if your child needs urgent care:
Children with Perthes’ disease usually complain of pain in the groin, thigh or the knee – particularly after being active.
They also can limp and have a stiffness of the hip joint. These symptoms may persist on and off for many months. The disease itself lasts for a few years.
For further advice and guidance call Dolphin Physiotherapy Outpatients on 029 218 47577
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital of Wales
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