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The Basics Of Hip Anatomy

The Basics Of Hip Anatomy

Hip Anatomy Components

The hip is a pesky joint.   It is a constant source of trouble for the aged.

Osteoarthritis* impacts 1.6 million Australians according to the latest statistics in 2007-2008’s National Health Survey.  It is such an enormous problem that it has been highlighted as one of Australia’s 0 National Health Priority Areas, along with other terrible conditions such as cancer, dementia and heart disease.  Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis* has a terrible impact on people’s lives.  It permeates their ability to perform activities of daily living, such as showering and mobilising around their home, their ability to socially participate and radically impacts their ability to go out and reduces their capacity to engage in leisure activities like gardening and craft.

Osteoarthritis impacts hips, knees, fingers and other joints.  Hip pain and the reduction in mobilising is a common source of trouble.  Also, an arthritic hip is more likely to fracture when one falls.  Hip fractures have a terrible impact on the future function of an aged person and their recovery and rehabilitation can be long and arduous.

This clinical tutorial focuses on hip anatomy.  It is an important area of the body to understand.  If you are caring for someone who is destined for a total hip replacement, then having a basic knowledge of hip anatomy is critical to navigate the conversations you will be having with your general practitioner, surgeon, physiotherapist, occupational therapy and nurses.  If the person that you care for has suffered a fall and fractured their hip, then again, understanding this hip anatomy is critical.  It is a surprisingly complex joint and understanding the components that are likely to fracture and having a visual of that when you are caring for these people will be essential.  The post-operative care of a patient who has had hip surgery has real risk of dislocation and avoiding that can only happen when one understands this joint.

So our friends at Anatomy Zone have put together this great video on hip anatomy.



OSTEOARTHRITIS: A denegerative joint condition affecting joints that weight-bear such as hips, knees and spine amongst others
OSTEOPOROSIS: A progressive loss of bone density which increases the risk of bone fractures
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
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Nic Nash-Arnold has been nursing for twenty years. She has nursed thousands of patients, mainly in the operating theatre. Nicole has worked in both public and private hospitals in Queensland. Ten years ago, she left the “coal face” of nursing and moved into a Nurse Educator role and then a series of senior and executive hospital administration roles. Nic has always believed in the empowerment with education. That might be empowering nurses to provide better care or patients to take better care, but education is always the centre of the solution. Google 

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