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What are coxa valga and coxa vara?

Coxa valga and coxa vara are deformities of the hip. These deformities occur when the angle formed by the head of the femur and the shaft of the femur is abnormal.

If the angle is less than 125 degrees, this is considered to be coxa vara. If the angle is greater than 125, this is referred to as coxa valga. Coxa valga is more common in women.

(This answer provided for NATA by the University of Tampa Athletic Training Education Program)

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