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The thigh bone, femur, and the pelvis, acetabulum, join to form the hip joint. The hip joint is a “ball and socket” joint. The “ball” is the head of the femur, or thigh bone, and the “socket” is the cup-shaped acetabulum.

The hip is a ball and socket joint that allows the upper leg to move front to back and side to side.


The hip is the largest weight bearing joint in the body, it is surrounded by strong ligaments and muscles.


The femur is the longest bone in the skeleton. It joins to the pelvis (acetabulum) to form the hip joint. The upper part is composed of Femoral head, Femoral Neck, Greater and Lesser trochanters.


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The movements of the hip are very extensive, and consist of Flexion, Extension, Adduction, Abduction, Circumduction and Rotation. The hip-joint presents a very striking contrast to the shoulder-joint in that it is more complete mechanical arrangements for its security and for the limitation of its movements.

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The hip is the largest weight-bearing joint in the body, it is surrounded by strong ligaments and muscles.

The hip bone consists of three parts, the ilium, ischium, and pubis, which are distinct from each other in the young subject, but are fused in the adult; the union of the three parts takes place in and around a large cup-shaped articular cavity, the acetabulum, which is situated near the middle of the outer surface of the bone.

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