About hip pain

Your joints are involved in almost every activity you do. Simple movements such as walking, bending, and turning require the use of your hip and knee joints. Normally, all parts of these work together and each joint moves easily and without pain. But when a joint becomes diseased or injured, the resulting pain can severely limit your ability to move and work.

The hip is one of the main weight-bearing joints in your body. It consists of 2 main parts:
+ A ball (femoral head) at the top of your thighbone (femur)
+ A rounded socket (acetabulum) in your pelvis

A healthy hip allows pain free movement since joints are connected by cartilage which cushions the bone and provides easy movement of the joints.


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