SCFE is an unusual condition that is more likely to happen in children who are 10 to 16 years old. Other risk factors that increase the chance of SCFE are:
Children with SCFE may have:
These symptoms may start suddenly or develop over time. They may seem like other health problems of the hip. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Your child’s healthcare provider will be able to diagnose SCFE after a complete health history and exam of your child. Your child may also need X-rays.
An early diagnosis of SCFE is important to help prevent a hip deformity. Once diagnosed with SCFE, your child may be told not to bear weight on the hip. He or she may need crutches or a wheelchair.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
The goal of treatment is to prevent the femoral head from slipping further off the thighbone. Treatment may include:
Children with severe cases of SCFE are more likely to have limited hip motion, differences in leg lengths, and other hip problems in adulthood. But with early detection and proper treatment, a good outcome with few problems is possible.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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