The hip is a ball and socket joint similar to the shoulder. The femoral head forms a ball that sits deep within the socket known as the acetabulum. The acetabulum is a part of the pelvis and, in ordinary circumstances, covers more than one-half the femoral head. For what the hip joint lacks in mobility it gains in strength and stability. The hip joint is rarely dislocated but other injuries about the joint are caused by the great amount of forces that are generated in the hip.


Orthopedic injuries during the growing years usually occur following major injuries such as car accidents or falls from heights. Sports related injuries can also occur, and can be traumatic or overuse in nature. In later years, the hip is one of the primary causes of disability among the elderly. In children hip injuries are not common, but when they are injured one has to be cautious due to the open growth plates of the bones. An injury to the growth plate of the head of the femur is serious and needs immediate medical evaluation.



  • Coxa Saltans (Snapping Hip)
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome (FAI)
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB)
  • Labral Tear