Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Slipped Hip in Child 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:

Slipped Hip in Child 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?
  • 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 Hip in Child Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a slipped capital femoral epiphysis:

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Last Updated: Jun 14, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Slipped Hip in Child References
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