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The hip joint is formed by the head of the femur and the acetabulum.

The fibrous capsule of the hip joint is reinforced by three ligamentous thickenings: iliofemoral ligament, ischiofemoral ligament, and pubofemoral ligament.

Most of the blood supply to the head of the femur (arising mostly from the medial femoral circumflex artery) ascends along the neck of the femur. Fracture of the femoral neck can compromise this blood supply and lead to avascular necrosis of the head of the femur.

Figure 111-5-4. Hip

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