Dislocation

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Orthopedic surgeons at TriHealth Orthopedic & Sports Institute provide fast care for hip dislocations. Using their years of experience and training, they can repair damaged hip joints and preserve hip function. You can rely on our orthopedic team to offer patient-centered care that meets your needs and provides the best opportunity for successful hip preservation.

Hip Dislocation

A hip dislocation occurs when the thigh bone (femur) is pushed out of its place in the hip socket. As the bone moves out of place, it may also damage the ligaments, tendons, labrum, muscles and nerves around the hip joint, causing severe pain. A hip dislocation requires immediate emergency medical attention and treatment.

Hip dislocation causes

Hip dislocations are caused by complications after hip replacement or traumatic injuries. The causes can include:

  • Car crashes
  • Falls from substantial height
  • Industrial accidents
  • Sports injuries (commonly football)

Hip dislocation symptoms

Symptoms of a hip dislocation may include:

  • Inability to move the hip
  • Inability to put weight on the hip
  • Numbness in the foot or ankle
  • Severe pain in the hip

Hip dislocation treatment

A hip dislocation requires immediate care. Treatments can include:

  • Assistive devices—such as crutches or a walker for several weeks after the injury
  • Physical therapy—to recover from the injury
  • Reduction—moving the hip back into place without surgery
  • Hip surgery—to repair fractures or get rid of bony or cartilage loose bodies, if present
  • Temporary hip immobilization—to allow for healing

Hip dislocation risk factors

You may be at a greater risk for hip dislocations if you:

  • Do not follow safety instructions at work
  • Do not wear a seatbelt
  • Have had a hip replacement
  • Participate in extreme sports or sports with a high rate of falls

Hip dislocation prevention

Practicing injury prevention techniques is the best way to avoid a hip dislocation. Techniques include:

  • Driving safely and carefully
  • Following all safety regulations and instructions at work
  • Wearing all safety equipment during work
  • Wearing recommended equipment during extreme sports
  • Wearing your seatbelt

Make an appointment

If you suspect a hip dislocation, seek care immediately at an emergency room.

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