Anatomy of the Hip

The hip is the largest joint in the human body, and also one of the most indispensable. This ball-and-socket joint is responsible for carrying the weight of your upper body, whether you are standing, walking or running. It is the joint that connects the femur and the acetabulum of the pelvis and, when healthy, allows for a wide range of motion that is essential to our day-to-day functions.

The hip joint is formed by the connection of the rounded head of the femur into the cavity acetabulum of the pelvic bone. Both of these surfaces are coated in a lubricated layer of articular hyaline to ensure that the joint functions smoothly.

The two bones are held together at the joint by a series of ligaments that secure the bones in place and work to prevent overexertion.


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