The Lateral Hip Positioning System enables clinicians to easily test the range of motion of a patient’s hip during arthroscopic repair of the pelvic joint. It is designed to position the patient on his or her side. In this position, the force of gravity pulls the surrounding tissue away from the hip joint and enables the surgeon to more easily access the deep recesses of the pelvis. The system’s universal distractor leg, designed to gently separate the ball of the femur, or thigh bone, from the socket of the hip joint, creates space in which a surgeon can insert specialized arthroscopy instruments to repair injuries caused by overuse or trauma. The same universal distractor leg can be used with company’s Supine Hip Positioning System, which is used with the patient positioned on his or her back.