Hip Anatomy Video

By Tim Wall, MS, ATC

What is a hip joint?

The hip joint is one of the largest weight-bearing joints in the body. This ball-and-socket joint allows the leg to move and rotate while keeping the body stable and balanced. Let’s take a closer look at the main parts of the hip joint’s anatomy. Furthermore, please watch this video about the Anatomy of the Hip Joint.

Hip Anatomy

Anatomy of the Hip Joint







We hope that this video was educational for you to learn more about the hip joint.  If you have any questions about your hip or about hip pain, please give us a call.  Our goal is to help you if you have hip pain.   JOI has several specialized orthopedic hip physicians.

Muscles of the Hip Joint

Hip flexor muscles, including the psoas major, iliacus, rectus femoris, and the iliopsoas, have a vital role in the movement and stability of the hip joint. These muscles are responsible for flexing the hip, which involves bringing the thigh towards the chest. Understanding the anatomy and function of the hip flexor muscles can significantly improve hip strength and flexibility.

The hip joint allows for a wide range of movements, including flexion, extension, abduction, adduction, and rotation, thanks to the hip external and internal rotators. These muscles are essential in maintaining stability, balance, and proper movement mechanics of the hip.

The abductors of hip and adductors play a key role in the movement and stability of the hip joint. Understanding these muscles and maintaining a balanced hip abduction and adduction can help improve overall hip strength and prevent injuries.

Hip extensors and the gluteal muscles, which include the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius, are critical for the movement and stability of the hip joint. These muscles are responsible for extending the hip or moving the thigh bone backward.

Muscles involved in Snapping Hip Syndrome

Muscles involved in Snapping Hip Syndrome

Hip Pain

Despite hip pain being a common complaint amongst all people, there are a few easy forms of physical therapy which can help. Exercises for core strength and stability are used to treat and commonly prevent this pain. Ergonomic education is instrumental in treating hip pain, as the source of most of the pain comes from how people sit and/or stand for long periods of time. Lastly and perhaps most importantly is keeping up with your health. Weight loss and a healthy BMI are always recommended in the treatment of hip pain.

Managing Hip Muscle Injuries and Rehabilitation

Understanding hip muscle injuries and how to rehabilitate them is essential for a healthy recovery. Some common injuries to the muscles of the hip include strains, sprains, and muscle tears, often resulting from overuse, sudden movements, or accidents. It’s important to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Rehabilitation exercises play a vital role in restoring strength, flexibility, and function to the muscles of the hip. Physical therapy may include exercises such as hip stretches, strengthening exercises, and low-impact activities to gradually rebuild muscle strength and improve range of motion.

At JOI Online, our respected team of hip clinicians can provide personalized guidance and support throughout your recovery journey. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you in achieving optimal health for the muscles of the hip.

Hip Exercises

The physicians and physical therapists have developed a comprehensive guide to improve flexibility and strength of your hip.  This includes 4 levels of exercises and videos.  To learn more, please read this expert guide for HIP EXERCISES AT HOME.  Our goal is to help you have all of the information to manage your hip pain.  At JOI, we focus on programs which can help prevent injuries and prevent further damage to your body.

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JOI Hip Physicians are currently accepting new patients.  To make an appointment, please call (904) JOI-2000 or schedule online.  JOI is Northeast Florida’s most respected orthopedic practice.  We are here to help you to get back to the activities that you love without hip pain!  To schedule an appointment at one of the 13 area JOI Rehab Centers, please call 904-858-7045. 

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By: Tim Wall, MS, ATC

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