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Happy Hips

The adult human has 206 bones linked in a variety of ways (… “the knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone, thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone, the hip bone’s connected to the back bone … ”).  Our skeleton literally supports us as we function in the world.  While the hinge joint of the elbow allows movement in only one direction, the knee’s hinge joint permits some “swiveling.”  The thumb moves across the palm of the hand thanks to a saddle joint, and a pivot joint in the forearm allows twisting of the wrist.  The most range of movement, however, is provided by a “ball and socket” joint.  The hip, with the head of the femur tucked snugly into the socket of the pelvis, is a perfect example.  The hip provides an ideal balance between mobility and stability, and figures prominently in the well-being of runners as well as other bipeds. Continue reading

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