Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • What is the likely cause of my child’s hip problems?
  • Is my child’s SCFE stable or unstable?
  • Will my child need surgery?
  • What risks are associated with this surgery?
  • How long will my child need to be on crutches?
  • Will my child need physical therapy?
  • Are other treatment options available?
  • My child only has problems in one hip. Is he/she likely to have problems in the other hip?
  • When can my child return to exercise/sports? What kind of exercises are ok?


Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis by RT Loder (American Family Physician May 01, 1998,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 05/98