Slipped Epiphysis Treatment
Treatment for a slipped capital femoral epiphysis is emergent so early and accurate diagnosis is essential. Treatment depends on the severity of the condition, the presence of symptoms, the ability to bear weight on the affected side, and the degree of displacement as determined by x-ray.
General measures include crutches and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Surgery may be required to treat a more serious slipped capital femoral epiphysis.
Specific treatment for a slipped capital femoral epiphysis may include:
- Weight loss for those who are overweight
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Ibuprin, Nuprin)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn)
- Ketoprofen (Oruvail, Orudis, Actron)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Surgery to repair slipped capital femoral epiphysis:
- Use of a single screw to fix the capital femoral epiphysis in place.
Slipped Epiphysis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of slipped capital femoral epiphysis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Will I need surgery?
- 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?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having slipped capital femoral epiphysis again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Slipped Epiphysis Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a slipped capital femoral epiphysis:
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