What Is Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis?

Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is a hip condition that occurs in teens and pre-teens who are still growing and is one of the most common hip disorders among adolescents. For reasons that are not well understood, the ball at the head of the femur (thighbone) slips off the neck of the bone in a backwards direction. This causes pain, stiffness and instability in the affected hip. The condition usually develops gradually and is more common in boys than girls.