Understanding Perthes Disease
Perthes disease is a condition which affects the hip in growing children. It can affect one or both hips, but one hip is more common. The initial signs of the disease can be difficult to detect because children have trouble describing symptoms. In the early phase of Perthes' disease, the child will have an occasional limp which may become worse as the disease progresses.
Facts about Perthes Disease
Perthes' disease is an uncommon condition that affects children between the ages of three and 11 years.
Blood supply to the head of the thigh bone is disrupted which causes the bone to deteriorate
Boys are more likely to develop this than girls
Perthes Disease can lead to osteoarthritis in adults.
What are the symptoms of Perthes Disease?
an occasional limp in the earlier stages
stiffness and reduced range of movement in the hip joint
pain in the knee, thigh or groin when putting weight on the affected leg or moving the hip joint
thinner thigh muscles on the affected leg
shortening of the affected leg, leading to uneven leg length
worsening pain and limping as time goes by.
How can CPL help?
No matter where you are on your journey, we are ready to help you achieve your goals. Our services aim to support people to reach their full potential through:
- Allied Health therapies
- Support at home
- Getting out into your community
- Finding the right equipment and aids
- Exploring housing and employment options.