The hip is a ball and socket joint. The ball portion of the joint is called the femoral head, and is part of the upper leg bone (femur). The socket portion is called the acetabulum, and is part of the pelvic bone. The femoral head (ball) fits into the acetabulum (socket) and moves within its natural fluid, called synovial fluid, which helps to lubricate the joint during motion.
In a healthy hip joint, the surface of the bones where the ball and socket rub together are very smooth and covered with a tough protective tissue called cartilage quid.
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Conditions We Treat
Bursitis Affecting Your Joints
Treating a Hip Fracture
A hip fracture is a common condition and without the proper care can lead to problems in mobility and overall quality of life. Hip fractures can happen be traumatic from a fall or a stress fracture, and it is important to have a comprehensive plan for treatment for both.
The Most Common Form of Joint Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of hip arthritis. It is a slow deterioration of the cartilage that covers your hip’s ball and socket bone.
A dislocated hip occurs when your femur is displaced from your hip socket. This condition is usually brought about as a result of great force which would normally cause a traumatic injury. However, if you have already gone through a hip replacement procedure, something as simple as bending down to tie your shoe could dislocate your hip.