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The hip joint: The hip carries us through life

The hip joint (lat. Articulatio coxae) is the second largest joint in the human body. The thigh bone (femur) and the pelvis (pelvis) form the bony joint partners and are covered with very smooth cartilage, the so-called hyaline cartilage.

Many movements such as walking, running, jumping and dancing, which we often manage to do with the greatest of ease, are in fact ambitious sequences of movements. They all have their starting point at the hip joint. Due to this central function, but also due to the high strain caused by the body’s weight, the hip joint is a particularly highly stressed central joint and therefore often subject to wear and tear.

Different structures in the hip joint can lead to symptoms which can be treated conservatively and/or surgically.

The following symptoms are more common in daily practice:

  • hip dysplasia
  • Perthes disease
  • epiphysiolysis femoris
  • femoro-acetabular impingement
  • labrum damage
  • groin strain
  • bursitis
  • fracture of the hip (femoral neck fracture)
  • femoral head necrosis
  • hip arthrosis

This list is only a selection of diseases of the hip joint among many others that can be diagnosed by means of a corresponding examination by a specialist. We recommend that you have a personal consultation with one of our doctors. We would be happy to arrange an appointment with you.