Medical Media Images

Thursday, May 15, 2014

What is Hip Joint Arthritis? Shown and Explained with Color X-Ray and Color MRI Images!

The Hip Joint is a "ball and socket" type of Joint. The "ball" of the Thigh Bone (Femur) fits tightly into the "socket" of our Hip Bone (Acetabulum of the Pelvis). Both sides of the joint (Femur and Pelvis) are lined with strong cartilage. A capsule and ligaments surround the Hip Joint and provide it with support, yet allow it to remain quite flexible.

Our body's weight is directly translated through our Hip and Knee Joints which makes them susceptible to degeneration with age and injuries. The Hip Joint is also the second most mobile joint (after the shoulder joint) in the human body which makes it susceptible to wear and tear, eventually causing Arthritis.

Let's first take a look at the Anatomy of the Pelvis to understand how it all fits together. The Image below is an Interactive Color X-Ray. As you move the mouse cursor over the Image, the Interactive Tags become visible. Each tag contains text which explains a specific part of the Anatomy:

AP Pelvis Color X-Ray showing the Sacroiliac and Hip Joints
Interactive Color X-Ray of the Pelvis

The next Image shows the Hip Joints on a Color MRI. The Hip Joints are shown from the front of the body (coronal). This is also an Interactive Image which explains the Anatomy.

Coronal Pelvis Color MRI showing the Hip Joints
Color MRI of the Hip Joints

Here is the same Image in 3-D to give you a better 3-Dimensional Sense of the Anatomy of the Hip Joint. Notice the "ball and socket" appearance of the Hip Joint.

Coronal 3-D Color MRI of the Normal Hip Joints
3-D Color MRI of  the Hip Joints

The next Image shows a Degenerated Hip Joint. The Image on the left shows a whole body Color X-Ray to help orient you. Notice the loss of Joint Space on this Color X-Ray Image. It is this loss of Cartilage from chronic wear and tear which creates the Arthritis. As the Cartilage thins out, the bone surfaces of the Hip Joint are beginning to make contact and form Bone Spurs. This leads to a deformed Hip Joint which looses its mobility and becomes painful with motion. This Image is also Interactive. Enjoy learning from this Image.

AP Pelvis Color X-Ray Hip Joint Arthritis
Some patients with severe Hip Joint Arthritis require a Hip Replacement (Total Hip Arhroplasty). The decision for Surgery has to be made with an Orthopaedic Surgeon. Typically, patients will be given an option of anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS), Physical Therapy (PT), and potentially Steroid Hip Injections amongst others before Surgery is considered. The Image below shows a Hip Replacement done for severe degeneration of the Hip Joint. This Image is also Interactive.
AP Pelvis Color X-Ray showing a Hip Replacement
Interactive Color X-Ray of a Hip Replacement

If you liked this Blog, here are some related topics from our recent Blogs:

1. What is a Sacroiliac Joint and why does it cause Pain? Shown and explained with Color X-Ray Images
2. What is Arthritis of the Hands? Shown and Explained with Color X-Ray Images
3. Knee Joint Arthritis shown and explained with Color X-Ray Images

If you would like to know more about how MMI creates Color X-Ray and Color MRI Images, you can watch the Video below.

Color X-Ray and Color MRI Images like the ones featured in this Blog are available for Licensing at

The content of this blog including text and images are Copyright Medical Media Images.

General Disclaimer

Medical Media Images does NOT dispense medical or legal advice. Our images, text and any content cannot be used for diagnosis or treatment of a medical condition. All Images and content are for information purposes only. You must consult with your physician if you need medical advice. Medical Media Images is not a substitute for medical advice.

No comments:

Post a Comment