Child and Adult Hip Preservation Program Your Hip Joint

LIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke This

The hip joint is one of the body's most reliable structures, providing movement and support without pain or problem in most people for a lifetime. The hip's simple ball and socket arrangement, with the ball shaped femoral head rotating inside a cup shaped socket, the acetabulum, usually works well for many decades of a lifetime with amazingly little friction and little or no wear.

The well fitting surfaces of the femoral head and acetabulum which face each other, are lined with a layer of cartilage, lubricated by a thin film of synovial fluid. Friction inside a normal hip is less than 1/10 that of ice gliding on ice.

There are two types of cartilage that are found in the hip joint:

  • Articular cartilage is found on the head of the femur and also lines the inner surface of the acetabulum. This cartilage provides a smooth contact surface which allows the femoral head to move smoothly within the acetabulum.
  • The labrum is a rim of fibrous cartilage which lines the outer edge of the acetabulum. This cartilage serves to stabilize and cushion the hip joint.

Hip illustration

Hip illustration

Request an Appointment

If this is a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1. This form should not be used in an emergency.

Patient Information
Date of Birth:
Contact Information
Appointment Details
Send RequestIf you do not see the specialty you are looking for, please call us at: 617-355-6000.International visitors should call International Health Services at +1-617-355-5209.
Please complete all required fields

This department is currently not accepting appointment requests online. Please call us at: 617-355-6000. International +1-617-355-6000.

This department is currently not accepting appointment requests online. Please call us at: 617-355-6000. International +1-617-355-6000.

Thank you.

Your request has been successfully submitted

You will be contacted within 1 business day.

If you have questions or would like more information, please call:

617-355-6000 +1-617-355-6000
close
Find a Doctor
Search by Clinician's Last Name or Specialty:
Select by Location:
Search by First Letter of Clinician's Last Name: *ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
More optionsSearch
Condition & Treatments
Search for a Condition or Treatment:
Show Items Starting With: *ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
View allSearch
Locations

Contact the Child and Adult Hip Preservation Program

  • 617-355-6021
  • International: +1-617-355-5209
  • Locations
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
Close