Hip dislocation is usually due to high-velocity trauma such as a bike or car accident or falling from a height. The hip joint is considered as a steady ball-and-socket joint. If an individual is suspected with hip dislocation, it is vital to seek immediate medical care to lessen the risk for long-term complications.
Common indications of hip dislocation
Pain and tingling
A hip dislocation is a painful injury. Aside from the hip, the pain might radiate to the groin, back, knee or thigh especially if the individual attempts to stand or move on the damaged leg.
Nerve damage can also occur with the dislocation which results to numbness and tingling in the foot and leg.
It is important to note that deformity is a characteristic indication of hip dislocation. In most cases, the leg appears twisted after sustaining the injury. If the ball moves out of the socket backwards, the thigh might bend upwards and turn towards the body.
In case the leg is rotated outwards, the ball might have popped out the front part of the socket. Take note that the injured leg might appear relatively shorter than the other leg.
Generally, it takes 2-3 months for the hip to recuperate after a dislocation. The rehabilitation period might be longer if there are other accompanying fractures. The doctor might recommend limiting hip movement for several weeks to protect the joint from dislocation again. In most cases, physical therapy is often suggested during recovery.
The individual can start walking using crutches in a short time. Walking aids such as crutches, walkers and canes can help the individual mobilize.
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on hip dislocation is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize and manage the injury by taking a standard first aid course with Vancouver First Aid.