Learn about the diet required to maintain healthy bones, the deformities of the lower limbs, arthritis, rheumatis, osteoporosis, slipped disc and many more...
- What Is An ACL Reconstruction?
- What Is An Arthroscopy?
- What Are The Risks Of Total Hip Replacement?
- What Can Be Expected Of a Total Hip Replacement?
- When Do We Consider Total Hip Replacements?
- What Is Hip Joint?
- What Are The Risks Of Total Knee Replacement?
- What Can I Expect From an Artificial Knee?
- Who Is The Candidate For Knee Replacement Surgery?
- What Is Knee Joint?
What Is Hip Joint?
The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint that connects the pelvis and the thighbones. The hip socket is called the acetabulum and actually forms a deep cup that surrounds the ball of the upper thighbone or femoral head. The surface of the femoral head and the inside of the acetabulum are covered with a smooth shiny cartilage that cushions, protects and at the same time allows near frictionless movement. Cartilage, which contains no nerve endings or blood supply, receives nutrients from a moisturizing lubricant (synovial fluid) produced by the synovial lining surrounding the hip joint. If damaged, the cartilage is not capable of repairing itself. Strong fibers (ligaments) connect the bones of the hip joint and provide necessary stability to the joint and elasticity for its movement. Muscles and tendons also play an important role in keeping the hip joint stable and mobile.