Perthes disease


If your child has hip problems they may have Perthes disease. Our paediatric experts can help to diagnose and treat them

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What is Perthes disease

Perthes disease is a rare condition relating to your child's hip joint. It occurs across different stages beginning with restricted blood supply to their femoral head (top of the thigh bone). This leads to inflammation and irritation. Treatment helps a newer, stronger bone to form. This can re-establish normal movement.

Need to know

Symptoms of Perthes disease may include:

  • hip, groin, thigh or knee discomfort
  • discomfort in the above areas after physical activity
  • muscle spasms and/or irritation around the hip
Your child's consultant will discuss their symptoms with you to help make a diagnosis. They will carry out a physical examination to assess the motion in your child's hip. An X-ray will help your child's consultant determine whether a procedure is needed.

Non-surgical treatment options

  • Physiotherapy sessions to help strengthen the hip joint and increase movement.
  • Crutches to assist with walking.
  • Wearing a temporary plaster cast or special brace can reposition the femoral head into the hip socket. During this your child's consultant may perform an arthrogram. A small amount of dye is inserted into the hip joint to view the injury more clearly.

Surgery options

  • For children over eight years old, an osteotomy may be recommended. This is when an area of the bone is cut slightly to be realigned with the hip socket. This option will of course be discussed at length with you beforehand.

Our Perthes disease locations

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

170 Tottenham Court Road W1T 7HA London
The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.