Anatomy of the Hip
The CDC estimates that nearly 21 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that causes severe pain, loss of movement and a decrease in the overall quality of life.
Healthy hip (left); Diseased Hip (right)
The hip joint is an amazingly agile mechanism consisting of two main parts:
- A ball (femoral head) at the top of your thigh bone (femur)
- A rounded socket (called an acetabulum) in your pelvis.
Articular cartilage and an inner lining called the synovium keeps the joint lubricated as you move hundreds of thousands of times a day. The hip joint is one of the main weight-bearing joints of your skeletal framework, too.
It’s no wonder that osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or injury may eventually cause swelling, pain and stiffness. Relief, in the form of hip resurfacing, can help preserve your active lifestyle.
Call 215-481-BONE today to find a hip resurfacing specialist at the Institute.