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Understanding the Hip

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint where the femur attaches to the pelvis in a socket called the acetabulum. The joint is surrounded by articular cartilage, a rubbery substance that acts a shock absorber and facilitates ease of movement. Ligaments surrounding the acetabulum and femoral head work to stabilize the hip. A tendon called the iliotibial band connects the hip muscles to the lower leg. Muscles in the buttocks keep the pelvis stable while walking. Muscles in the front of the hip joint include the iliopsoas, a deep muscle which runs from the lower spine to the inside edge of the pelvis, and the rectus femoris, which operates as part of the quadriceps. 

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Hip Injuries

The hip joint allows us to run, sit, stand, and walk. Hip injuries can result from trauma, like a fall or a car accident, or from injury and overuse. Common hip injuries include fractures (when the femur is broken), dislocation (when the head of the femur is no longer in its socket), bursitis (when the fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints become swollen and inflamed), and osteoarthritis (when the cartilage in the hip joint wears away over time). 

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Hip Injury Symptoms

The location of your hip pain will differ depending on your injury or condition. You may feel pain inside or outside the hip joint, in the groin, or in the buttocks. Your pain may radiate throughout the hip. You may have a limp or reduced range of motion. 

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Hip Injury Treatments

Our team will determine the best course of treatment for your condition. Hip injury treatments vary: some muscle and tendon disorders can be treated with rest, pain management, and physical therapy. Some patients may require a hip resurfacing or a total joint replacement