Hip Dislocation Specialist Questions and Answers
Limping, joint pain, and groin pain – these are just a few of the symptoms of Hip Dislocation. The Orthopedic Group is here to help treat a dislocated hip. For more information, call us today or schedule an appointment online if you are seeking Orthopedic Care. We serve patients from Leesburg VA, Lansdowne VA, Stonesprings VA, Ashburn VA, Sterling VA, Aldie VA, South Riding VA, Herndon VA, Winchester VA, Reston VA, and Chantilly VA.
A hip dislocation is considered an uncommon injury that is likely caused from severe trauma. The main causes of a hip dislocation include serious falls, motor vehicle accidents, and sometimes catastrophic sports injuries. People who experience hip injury will have severe pain, difficulty moving, and will have problems bearing weight on the extremity. The leg may also be in an abnormal position as a direct result of the dislocation, most often with the leg shortened or rotated. Hip dislocations can also happen as a complication of a hip replacement surgery. Doctors may use X-rays, CT scan, and MRI to diagnose the extent of a hip dislocation, and an orthopedist should be consulted. In terms of recovery time, it may take two to three months for the hip to heal after dislocation, and rehabilitation time might be longer if there are additional fractures. A doctor may recommend that a patient limit hip motion for several weeks or more to protect it from dislocating again. Physical therapy is normally recommended during the recovery period. Patients start walking with crutches within a short period of time, while walking aids, like walkers and eventually canes, gradually help patients get mobilized.
Can you still walk with a dislocated hip?
The common signs and symptoms of a dislocated hip are acute severe pain in the hip – joint pain – or upper leg after a large-force trauma to the hip. Pain might also occur in the lower leg, knee, or back. Additionally, an individual usually cannot walk or move their leg. Numbness or tingling in the leg might occur with neurological damage, with bruising and swelling being evident. In short, you would know right away if you dislocated your hip with pain being severe and you would not be able to walk.
How serious is a dislocated hip?
A dislocated hip can be very serious. It is painful and can cause strains and tears in the adjacent nerves, blood vessels, muscles, soft tissues, and other soft tissues. The more serious complications associated with hip disorders are bone death (avascular necrosis), and sciatic nerve damage. The sciatic nerve extends from the lower back to upper thigh and then divides into the tibial and common peroneal nerves, which enables movement of the toes and ankles. Significant damage to these nerves may limit a person’s mobility, sometimes permanently. A hip dislocation is a very serious medical emergency, therefore immediate treatment is necessary.
How easy is it to dislocate your hip?
Your hip is a large and stable joint, which means it takes a car accident, a hard fall, or something else of great force to make the bone slip out of its socket. However, if you have had hip replacement surgery, your hip may slip out of position more easily, especially during the first few months after surgery.
How can an orthopedic surgeon help with a dislocated hip?
Normally, an orthopedist may simply push the ball back in by hand, while the patient is under anesthesia, but if there are fractures or significant damage to blood vessels or nerves, or soft tissues, orthopedic surgery may be required. Normally, if hip dislocation is the only injury, an orthopedic surgeon may often diagnose it simply by observing the position of the leg, however, since some hip dislocations can occur with additional injuries your doctor may complete a thorough physical evaluation.
Do you have a dislocated hip? We encourage you to book an appointment by contacting us through our website. A dislocated hip is a serious medical issue, so it is important that you seek care immediately. The Orthopedic Group offers treatment for your hip and we are open five days a week from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.