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The hip joint is a ball and socket joint similar to your shoulder. It is a very mobile joint. The more mobile a joint is the greater the opportunity there is for functional problems. The hip joint plays a major role in the development of power in the lower extremity. It is surrounded on all sides by large muscle groups. Fifty percent of the power generated by a professional baseball pitcher occurs at the trunk and hips. The hip joint also plays a major role in stabilization during weight bearing activity. Weakness at the hp will transfer the burden to the lower back or to the knee, thereby predisposing adjacent joints to overuse syndromes.
There are several common dysfunctions of the hip joint: