The hip joint is formed where the thigh (Femur) meets the pelvis. The top of the thigh bone has a ball shaped projection called the head of the femur which fits into the socket of the pelvis called the acetabulum.
Both the ball and socket are covered with smooth cartilage allowing for pain free movement of the bones against each other.
The hip joint is designed for stability and weight bearing rather than movement as seen in the shoulder joint. The hip joints stability begins with a deep socket, additional stability provided by strong ligaments, tendons and muscles. The labrum of the hip is a cartilage structure that adds further stability to the hip joint.
Bursae are fluid filled sacs located around the hip joint. Their function is to lessen the friction between tendon and bone and ligament and bone
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