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Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

How Your Hip WorksC³mo funciona la cadera

How Your Hip Works

The hip joint is one of the body's largest weight-bearing joints. It's a ball-and-socket joint. This helps the hip remain stable even during twisting and extreme ranges of motion. A healthy hip joint allows you to walk, squat, and turn without pain.

Cutaway view of hip
Side view of the right hip

A Healthy Hip

The hip joint is formed where the rounded head of the thighbone (femur) joins the pelvic bone. The joint is covered with tissue and powered by large muscles. When all of the parts listed below are healthy, a hip should move easily.

Cutaway view of hip
Front view of the right hip

  • Cartilage is a layer of smooth tissue. It covers the ball of the thighbone, and lines the socket of the pelvic bone. Healthy cartilage absorbs stress and allows the ball to glide easily in the socket.

  • Muscles power the hip and leg for movement.

  • Tendons attach the muscles to the bones.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00

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