Hip Dislocation Symptoms

Hip Dislocation Causes

Hip dislocation symptoms are commonly caused by large amounts of force being placed on the lower extremities. The most common way that this injury occurs is through motor vehicle accidents, but this can occur during a fall as well in industries such as roofing or other extreme falls. These forces cause the head of the femur to slip from the hip joint and leave the joint dislocated. It’s important to mention that even if the dislocation did not result from a major accident that hip dislocation is still an emergency that should be evaluated by a doctor immediately.

Hip Dislocation Symptoms

Hip DislocationHip dislocation symptoms are an incredibly painful injury. In most cases the patient will not even be able to move the effected leg let alone walk around. In fact these patients should not be allowed to try to bear weight on the effected side. Nerve damage may also occur during this injury due to pressure on the nerves or lack of adequate circulation to the hip and groin area. If a patient has never damage they may lose sensation in the lower leg or foot as well.

Hip Dislocation Diagnosis

Hip dislocations symptoms are often very apparent due to the major deformities and poor positioning that will be caused from the injury. However x-rays or other imaging will be needed to assess the position of the dislocation or any additional injuries that may have occurred during the initial incident. If there are other injuries surgery may be required to appropriately treat the total injury. Your doctor will also perform a thorough physical examination to rule out any other injuries or complications of this injury as well.

Hip Dislocation Treatment

Hip dislocation can be treated and with early diagnosis most often resolves with few later complications. If there are no other injuries your doctor may be able numb the area and just manipulate the injury to put the bones back in their correct alignment. If additional injuries are causing the hip to remain dislocated or if there are other broken bones in the area surgery may be needed. Physical therapy will also be needed after surgery or reduction and the patient’s mobility may be limited for sometime after the injury.

Hip Dislocation Complications

If you suspect that you or someone else has a hip dislocation it’s important to seek emergency medical treatment immediately to prevent further damage down the road or additional injury now. This is a true emergency that will require treatment from a qualified health professional although many injured patients will need care for other injuries as well. Failure to seek treatment can result in nerve damage and death of tissue in the hip or surrounding areas. Bones may also die causing further damage to the area and significantly decreasing the likelihood of a good outcome. Arthritis is more likely in those who delay treatment as well and may significantly limit activity or mobility now or later in life. See your doctor or local emergency department for more information on hip dislocation symptoms and treatment today.

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  1. Cliff Hannam says:

    I have suffered two right hip dislocations in eleven months. This is an artificial replacement hip that whilst some 16 years old, is apparently in excellent condition( it is titanium, ceramic and rests on a ‘plastic’ cup). The two surgeons who separately performed the manipulations are adamant that the dislocations were not due to wear and can see no reason why the joint should not be stable.
    At the time of both separate dislocations, there was no force on the joint……I was simply standing up taking shoes and socks off. I had earlier been up a ladder or carrying out heavy work.

    It might be that the ball is partially dislocated during the heavy work period and then is later ‘finished off’ by very minor pressure? Can this really happen without me feeling any pain or discomfort in the intervening time. The first time it was 12 hours between work and failure and the second time about half an hour.

    When the joint does dislocate, the ball drops down below the socket and is then rammed by my leg muscles up into the underneath of my pelvis. The pain is indescribable.

    Has anyone experienced similar?

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