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Hip

The hip consists of the rounded head of the femur articulating with the pelvic bone in a ball-and-socket joint. The socket and the head of the femur are covered with a smooth layer of cartilage. This layer cushions the joint and allows the bones to move with very little friction. Common hip injuries include bone factures and bruises, as well tears in the cartilage.

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