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Hip Replacement Education
Anatomy of the Hip
The hip is one of the largest weight-bearing joints in the body. It has two main parts, the ball (femoral head) and the socket (acetabulum). This “ball in socket” design provides stability to the hip joint.
The surfaces of the ball and socket are covered with a smooth layer of articular cartilage. This layer cushions the end of your bones and allows them to move easily. Inside the hip is the synovial membrane that produces a small amount of fluid which lubricates and almost eliminates the friction in your hip joint with movement.
Causes of Hip Pain
The most common cause of hip pain is arthritis. Sometimes called degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis, osteoarthritis affect any joint, but it occurs most often in knees, hips, lower back and neck, small joints of the fingers and the bases of the thumb and big toe. Osteoarthritis is most common in people over 50 years of age and in people with a family history of arthritis.
Why a Hip Replacement?
When your everyday activities are being limited due to stiffness and pain, and you have found little relief from more minimally invasive treatments, it might be time to consider a total hip replacement.