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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1987 Aug;69(4):536-41.

Contact pressures in the human hip joint.


The pressure distribution between the cartilaginous surfaces in the human hip joint was measured using pressure-sensitive film. Five cadaveric hip joints (aged between 58 and 87 years) were measured at three positions and loads, representing three instants in the stance phase of the walking cycle. The pressure distribution was not uniform, indicating that the cartilage did not, to any great extent, distribute the applied load. The maximum pressures recorded were about 10 MN/m2. The anterosuperior surface of the cartilage was identified as an area of high pressure.

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