The Hips

Literacy is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as the ability to read and write. It also is defined as having the proficiency or knowledge in any given area, expertise for short. So literacy, apart from its accepted connotation of being able to both read and write, can also be perceived as one’s particular comprehension to whatever subject is at hand. You being cognizant and knowledgeable about a thing, means your literacy towards it is topnotch. Literacy therefore, can be construed as applicable to all the things which a particular person may know and is generally good at.

With that in mind, it is our aim to develop literacy to as many people, on as much of the things that may prove to be of consequence to most. One such area we decided upon to do first is human anatomy. We are of the belief that it is good for one to be literate of the different processes going on inside his body, in order to be versant on other things which can emanate from it. Like we said earlier, literacy certainly can be applied to all. In line with that, we present to you The Hip.

The Hips are kind of a ball and socket joint wherein the pelvis bone (socket) meets the thigh bone or femur (ball). It is referred to as ball and socket because the femur ending forms into a ball like structure which then is contained in an enclosed cup like space called the hip socket. The hip socket is a stable enclosure made strong by various connective tissues such as muscles and tendons. Friction in the area is commonly eliminated by way of the synovial fluid present in the enclosure as well as pad like structures called the bursa and the ace tabular retaining wall.

The hip joint enables full range of motion of the legs which also adds to the problems the area might encounter as it is sort of a junction to various bodily structures that go through the area such as arteries, veins, muscles, tendons, and also nerves. This arrangement makes the hip socket prone to several conditions which are native to it.

Common hip conditions includes rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, soft tissue tears, hip flexor pain, Perthe’s Disease, bursitis, as well as dislocations and fractures. Injuries to the area usually require the commencement of anterior hip precautions as well as immobilization due to the areas sensitive duties of load bearing and balance maintenance amongst other things.

The hips once they get injured really takes time to heal as the balance in the area do get jumbled up sometimes, so much so that anterior hip precautions often is required. Anterior hip precautions includes: not stepping backwards, not rotating the leg externally, not crossing of legs, and not sleeping on the object side amongst other things. The hips, you can’t live with them, you really can’t live without them. Better treat your hips right if you want to live a long, fruitful and mobile life.