The hip joint is one of the largest and strongest joints in the human body. Identified by its classic “ball and socket” joint type, it is the joint where the head of the femur (ball) meets the acetabulum of the pelvis (socket). Because the head of the femur sits within the cup-like acetabulum, the hip joint is extremely stable. The hip joint is also surrounded by a ring of cartilage known as the labrum, which further reinforces the joint and keeps the femur head safely within the acetabulum. Several different powerful muscles move the hip, such as the hip flexors and gluteal muscles, which account for much of the range of motion of this joint.
You will rarely hear about a hip joint completely dislocating – it would take an extraordinary trauma like a car accident to cause that. This is a stark contrast to the shoulder joint, which is less stable and more commonly can be dislocated. However, the hip joint can still come out of its normal alignment, and this can affect the overall function of the hip joint. If the hip joint becomes misaligned, it can have a drastic effect on how our body bears weight and cause imbalances that can lead to issues in the hips, knees, and ankles. The hip joints bear a tremendous amount of weight, so it is vital that the weight is evenly distributed through both joints.
Pain in this joint is incredibly common, and can be due to how much movement and weight-bearing the joint provides. If the pain is due to a misalignment or compression of the hip joint, then chiropractic is one of the best and safest ways to address this to provide fast relief. It is essential to identify the root cause of the hip pain to properly treat it. Dr. Alvin Philipose treats hip pain every day, and they are ready to help you understand what is causing your pain, and what the best course of action is to fix it.