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Anatomy of the Hip

The hip is one of the body’s largest and most important weight-bearing joints. It consists of several key structures that work together to provide stability, support, and a wide range of motion:

  • Bones: The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint formed by the femur (thigh bone) and the acetabulum (part of the pelvis).
  • Cartilage: A layer of smooth cartilage covers the surfaces of the bones, allowing them to move easily against each other.
  • Ligaments: Ligaments connect the bones and provide stability to the joint.
  • Tendons: Tendons attach muscles to the bones, facilitating movement.
  • Muscles: Several muscles around the hip support the joint and enable motion.
  • Bursa: Fluid-filled sacs called bursae help reduce friction and allow smooth movement of the joint.

Common Cause of Hip Pain

Hip pain can result from various conditions, injuries, and degenerative changes. One of the most common causes we treat at Excel Health is:

Hip Arthritis

Hip arthritis involves inflammation of the hip joint, often due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that results from wear and tear on the cartilage, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that affects the lining of the joints.

Avascular Necrosis of the Hip

Avascular necrosis of the hip is a serious condition where the blood supply to the femoral head (the ball of the hip joint) is disrupted, causing the bone tissue to die. This can lead to joint pain, stiffness, and, eventually, the collapse of the femoral head. Early symptoms might be mild but can progress to severe pain and limited mobility.

Diagnosis and Treatment at Excel Health

At Excel Health, our orthopedic specialists are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating hip pain. We utilize advanced diagnostic tools, including imaging studies and thorough physical examinations, to accurately identify the underlying cause of your pain.

Our treatment approach is tailored to your specific condition and needs, ranging from conservative management such as physical therapy, medications, and injections to surgical interventions if necessary. Our goal is to relieve your pain, improve hip function, and help you return to an active lifestyle with enhanced mobility and comfort.

Contact Us

If hip pain is impacting your daily life, schedule a consultation with one of our specialists at Excel Health. We are committed to providing comprehensive care to help you achieve optimal hip health and regain your ability to perform everyday activities pain-free.

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