The hip is the largest weight-bearing joint in the human body. With its ball-and-socket structure, the hip is able to move front-to-back and side-to-side. The hip is surrounded by strong ligaments and muscle groups such as the quadriceps and the hamstrings for weight distribution and flexibility. Attached to the hip is the femur, commonly known as the thighbone, it is the longest, largest, and heaviest bone in the body. The femoral head, the top of the femur bone, fits into the socket of the pelvic bone to form the hip joint. This connection creates smooth movement and rotation.
Occupation, age, lifestyle, and athletics can be causes of hip conditions or injuries. Listed below are common conditions and injuries that Coastal Orthopedics physicians specialize in.