Hip Dislocation

Also known as: traumatic hip dislocation.

What is hip dislocation?

The hip joint is comprised of the head of the thighbone (femur) being positioned in a socket in the pelvis (acetabulum). When an accident or injury forces the thighbone out of the hip socket, this is known as a hip dislocation.

What causes hip dislocation?

A hip dislocation requires major force. The most common cause is a car accident, but falls from heights or severe sports injuries (typically while playing football) can cause a dislocated hip.

What are the symptoms of hip dislocation?

Extreme pain, inability to move the leg and possible loss of sensation to the foot or ankle are common symptoms of hip dislocation.

What are hip dislocation care options?

Doctors treat a hip dislocation by placing the head of the femur back in the socket. This typically can be done without surgery, although surgery is sometimes required. Additionally, if bone fragments or other debris are caught in the hip socket, surgery may be required after the hip has been placed in the socket.


Reviewed by: Kevin S Horowitz, MD

This page was last updated on: 8/7/2018 9:26:13 AM

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