What Are the Symptoms of a Dislocated Hip?
Hip Dislocation Overview
A traumatic hip dislocation is when the ball of the hip joint is pushed out of the socket. Soft tissues holding the bones in place may also become damaged during the injury (labrum, ligaments, nerves, muscles, etc.).
The following may be symptoms of a dislocated hip:
- Your hip is swollen
- Your hip is painful
- Your hip is visibly out of place
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Hip Dislocation Symptoms
Patients who experience a dislocated hip are often in severe pain and unable to move their leg. The position of the leg may also appear abnormal when compared to the opposite side of the body. Patients may also experience loss of feeling in the foot or ankle area if there is nerve damage.
Additional symptoms include:
- Abnormal warmth around the hip
- Groin pain
- Difficulty sleeping on the hip
One of the most common causes of hip dislocations is auto accidents (collisions). The impact of the crash may drive the thigh backward and force the ball head of the femur out of the hip socket.
Another common accident is a fall from a significant height (like a ladder); this can also cause the hip to dislocate. Contact sports, in which falls are frequent, such as football and hockey, can also cause the hip to dislocate.
To confirm the dislocation, your hip specialist will conduct imaging studies. They will also look for additional injuries that may have occurred and perform a thorough exam to rule out any further damages.
What to do next…
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The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.