Legg Perthes Disease Treatment
Treatment for Legg-Perthes disease includes rest, crutches, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain, and surgery.
Treatment for Legg-Perthes disease includes:
- Minimal weight bearing
- Physical therapy:
- Increase range of motion
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Acetaminophen for pain (Tylenol, Panadol, Aspirin-Free Anacin)
- Surgery for Legg Perthes disease:
- Causes the femoral head to reossify in a more spherical shape
Legg Perthes Disease Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for Legg Perthes disease.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Legg Perthes Disease Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat Legg-Perthes disease:
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