The hip joint can withstand repeated motion and a fair amount of wear and tear. This ball-and-socket joint is the body's largest joint, and fits together to allow fluid movement. Whenever you use the hip – every time you walk or even shift position in your seat – a cushion of cartilage helps prevent friction as the bone moves in its socket.
With all this regular use, and people living for longer, it may come as no surprise to find that the number of hip replacements being performed is increasing. So Shahnaz Fraser of Spire Norwich Hospital spoke with Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr Ben Davis about this common procedure, and why it may be a good solution for some patients suffering from hip pain.