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Friday, April 11, 2014

Degeneration of the Hip Joint explained with Color X-Ray Images

Hip Joint Degeneration is a common medical problem, especially with advancing age and the onset of Arthritis. The Joint Space begins to narrow as the cartilage degenerates. Often small bone spurs form which add to the inflammation and pain. The Images below show what Hip Arthritis looks like on X-Rays. These Images and many more can be licensed at

The Image below features a whole-body X-Ray on the left and an X-Ray of the Pelvis and Hips as a cut-out. This helps the viewer understand the location of the Hip Joint in reference to the whole body.
The degenerated Hip Joint is shown in red. Due to advanced Arthritis, the Joint Space has narrowed and small bone spurs have formed. The opposite Hip Joint appears wide and smoother. It is common to have more wear and tear in one Hip Joint than the other.

Color X-Ray of the Pelvis showing Hip Joint Arthritis
Color X-Ray Images showing a Degenerated (Arthritic) Hip Joint

Some patients may require a Hip Replacement if pain and dysfunction from advanced Hip Arthritis cannot be managed in non-surgical ways. The Image below shows a Degenerated Hip Joint and a Hip Replacement. Most Hip Replacement consist of a "ball" and a "socket" to resemble a normal Hip Joint. The "socket" component is attached to the Pelvis, while the "ball" component is attached to the Femur (thigh bone) with a long stem.

Color X-Ray Images of Hip DJD and a Total Hip Arthroplasty
Color X-Ray Image showing a Degenerated Hip Joint and a Hip Replacement

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