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A hip fracture is a break that occurs in the upper part of the femur (thigh bone). Symptoms may include pain around the hip particularly with movement and shortening of the leg.


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The hip joint is a synovial joint formed by the articulation of the rounded head of the femur and the cup-like acetabulum of the pelvis. It forms the primary connection between the bones of the lower limb and the axial skeleton of the trunk and pelvis.