Interactive Guide to Physical Examination

The Hip - Anatomy Review

The hip is one of the strongest, most stable and most mobile joints. Its strength is due to the fit of the femur into the acetabulum of the pelvis and the large powerful muscles that articulate around the joint. Because of its close connection with musculoskeletal structures of the back, pelvis, and lower extremity, a primary disorder of the hip can often cause symptoms in the back or knee. Conversely, primary problems of the back or knee can often present as hip pain.

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