How Do You Treat a Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis?

The treatment for a slipped capital femoral epiphysis is surgery, according to MedlinePlus. The surgeon stabilizes the bone with screws or pins, which helps to stop the hip joint's ball from moving and slipping. Some surgeons suggest the surgery on both hips, even if the other is not showing symptoms of the condition, as a preventative measure.

A slipped capital femoral epiphysis is a condition that causes the ball of the hip to separate from the thigh bone at the growth plate, explains MedlinePlus. This condition might affect both of the hips, and most commonly affects children. The condition usually affects those who are ages 11 to 15; it affects boys more than girls, and it affects those who are obese. Those who are growing rapidly or with hormone imbalances may also develop the condition.

The symptoms of a slipped capital femoral epiphysis include difficulty with walking, limping, pain or stiffness in the knee or hip, and difficulty moving the hip, states MedlinePlus. The leg may also turn outward with this condition. Following surgery, the outcome is generally good, but in rare cases, the joint of the hip may wear away, even if the surgery was quick. Those who have this condition may also become prone to developing osteoarthritis as they age.