Influence of cartilage geometry on the pressure distribution in the human hip joint

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Science  27 Apr 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4391, pp. 413-415
DOI: 10.1126/science.441729


To elucidate the role of mechanical factors in the etiology of osteoarthritis, the detailed geometry of the weight-bearing cartilage layer over the human hip socket is compared with the corresponding pressure distribution. The shape of the pressure distribution is strongly correlated with the shape of the cartilage compression distribution.