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The Hip

The hip joint is a very stable "ball and socket" joint.  The "ball" is the top end of the femur (thigh bone).  The "socket" (acetabulum) is an area on the bottom of the pelvis on each side.

Motion in the hip occurs in 3 opposing directions:

  • Forward and backward (flexion and extension)
  • Out to the side (abduction) and inward (adduction)
  • Rotation in and out (internal and external rotation). 
The hip socket is deepened by a strong cartilagenous connective tissue (called the labrum) that runs around the outside of the acetabulum.  It is further stabilized by capsular and ligamentous tissue.

Common injuries to the hip include:

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