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Hip Injuries and Tears

Hip Anatomy

The hip joint is the largest weight-bearing joint in the human body. It is also referred to as a ball and socket joint and is surrounded by muscles, ligaments and tendons. The thighbone or femur and the pelvis join to form the hip joint.

The hip joint is made up of bones and joints, ligaments of the joint capsule, muscles and tendons, and nerves and blood vessels that supply the bones and muscles of the hip.

Any injury or disease of the hip will adversely affect the joint's range of motion and ability to bear weight.

Hip Injuries and Tears

Some of the common hip injures and tears include:

  • Hip fractures and dislocations: a break in one or more of the bones that make the hip joint and slippage of the bone from its joint
  • Chondral lesions: injury to the cartilage that lines bones that form the hip joint
  • Femoroacetabular impingement: condition where there is too much friction in the hip joint from bony irregularities causing pain and decreased range of hip motion
  • Hip bursitis: painful condition caused by inflammation of a bursa in the hip
  • Gluteus medius tear: rupture of one of the major muscles of the hip
  • Hip labral tears: rupture of the hip labrum
  • Hip abductor tears: rupture of the major muscles in the buttocks

Treatment for Hip Injuries and Tears

Depending on your particular condition, your surgeon will suggest the most appropriate treatment option.

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