Center for Excellence in Hip Disorders
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has a long tradition of providing the highest quality medical care to thousands of children, from newborns to adolescents, with various hip conditions. Our physicians are experts not only in the diverse treatment options of hip conditions but also in the day-to-day improvement of care, as well as the groundbreaking research to find the causes of and cures for these and other pediatric orthopedic conditions.
A study began in the 1980s, under the leadership of TSRHC chief of staff Dr. Tony Herring. TSRHC was the organizing center for the prospective study of Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, also known as Perthes disease. The results of Dr. Herring's extensive study were published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in 2004, and the landmark study provides important guidance for the treatment of Perthes disease at TSRHC, most centers in North America and the world. Dr. Herring continues his research on Perthes disease with a study addressing long-term outcomes of patients now in their 20s. Ongoing research through the center for excellence will continue to evaluate methods of diagnosis and treatment of this condition, including the use of MRI techniques in determining the onset and progression of the disease.
Under the direction of Dr. Harry Kim, TSRHC's Center for Excellence in Hip Disorders will embark upon new research endeavors combining clinical and bench-top research expertise together to effectively study the disease process. The research aims to produce new insight into the molecular mechanisms involved in the healing process and will lead to the development of new treatment methods for Perthes disease and other hip disorders.
Several other hip disorders are frequently treated by TSRHC orthopedists, including developmental dysplasia of the hip, slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) and other adolescent hip conditions. A number of studies in these areas are active and will continue under the leadership of the hip center.