A slipped capital femoral epiphysis is a separation of the ball of the hip joint from the thigh bone (femur) at the upper growing end (growth plate) of the bone in an immature hip. Recent research has shown, that a connection with obesity in children is a strong risk factor to suffer from SCFE (Novais and Millis, 2012). More than 80% of children diagnosed with SCFE are reportedly obese.
It is often atraumatic or associated with minor injury. Slipped upper femoral epiphysis is one of the most common adolescent hip disorder and represents a unique type of instability of the proximal femoral growth plate.
Management generally requires orthopaedic intervention to stabilise the epiphysis and prevent additional displacement. Post surgery: strengthening programme and exercising;
Novais E. N. and Millis M.B., 2012, Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis: Prevalence, Pathogenesis and Natural History, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 470(12), pp: 3432-3438