Your Healthy Hip Joint
Oddly, a healthy hip is one that we take for granted. We will walk for most of our lives. The hip is a miraculous joint. It is designed to take a lifetime of impact with all kinds of terrain and allow us to engage in some pretty fun activities. Below is an image of a healthy hip. The bones are moving, sometimes referred to as articulating, well. This means, the hip movement is fluid and spontaneous. There is a healthy amount of fluid (synovial fluid) and cartilage. Over time and with age all joints show evidence of wear and tear. Depending on the person, it can be more pronounced and often times more debilitating for
The hip is one of the body’s largest joints. It is a ball-and-socket joint. The socket is formed by the acetabulum, which is part of the large pelvis bone. The ball is the femoral head, which is the upper end of the femur (thighbone). The bone surfaces of the ball and socket are covered with articular cartilage, a smooth tissue that cushions the ends of the bones and enables them to move easily. A thin tissue called synovial membrane surrounds the hip joint. In a healthy hip, this membrane makes a small amount of fluid that lubricates the cartilage and eliminates almost all friction during hip movement. Bands of tissue called ligaments (the hip capsule) connect the ball to the socket and provide stability to the joint.
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