When people experience motor vehicle collisions, or if they fall from heights, or they sustain any sports injuries, there is a chance that they will get their hip dislocated in these situations. People who experience these will get severe hip pain and it will be very difficult for them to even move or lift any weights.
Such people should get hip dislocation treatment to make that pain less severe. Sometimes hip dislocations can occur when there are any complications with hip replacement surgeries. As in this process, they will be attached to an artificial one which will be very different from the normal one, making it possible to get dislocated.
Signs and Symptoms for a dislocated hip
- Severe Joint pain
- Pain in the groin area
- They will face difficulty while walking
- Their hips will feel tender, warm and they may experience some swelling in that region.
- They may experience some weakness in the hip muscle.
- They can’t even move their hip
- It will be difficult to sleep on the side of the affected hip.
Types of Hip Dislocation
There are two main types of dislocation depending on the direction of the push.
1. Posterior Dislocation:
This is the most common type of dislocation in many patients who come for hip dislocation treatment. Here the femur will be pushed out of the socket in the backward direction. This makes the knee and feet rotate towards the middle body leaving the fixed lower log.
2. Anterior Dislocation:
In this type, the femur will slip in the forward direction from the socket. Here the hip will be bent very slightly and the knee and foot will be rotated away from the body’s middle part.
Types of treatments recommended for dislocation of the hip
1. Reduction Procedure
The reduction procedure is a type of hip dislocation treatment where the orthopedic will deal with the hip just by manipulating the bones without any surgeries or treatments. But in many cases, this procedure will be performed under the influence of anesthesia in an operating theater.
In any case, if the femur is struck then they can immediately perform surgery for fixing the position of the bone.
2. Non-Surgical Treatment
If the reduction procedure is successful and there is no need for any surgery, this non-surgical treatment will be performed. Here they will recommend some positions using which the hip can be relaxed and they will even ask not to put weight on the hip for a few weeks.
3. Surgical Treatment
Even after the reduction procedure if the fracture still persists then it may require surgery for the complete cure. In many cases, patients will need a blood transfusion during and even after the surgery.
When to consult a doctor for hip dislocation treatment?
It is advised to immediately reach out to an orthopedic if the patient is facing any of the following symptoms or experienced any of the things stated below.
- If the patient hears any sort of snapping sound or clicking sound in the hip area.
- If they experience pain in the hip or in the groin.
- If the person is not able to hold or put weight on his hip he might have to consult the doctor.
- If they can not walk normally without pain in the hip they should seek a doctor’s advice.
The process that will be followed in the doctor’s office
When a patient comes with hip pain the doctor will conduct a physical examination and will discuss any possible medical history. The tests that might be conducted include
1. X Rays
These will help the doctor look at the hip condition along with the bones in the hips that might have dislocated.
It is a Computed Tomography. This scan will give images of the hip from many directions and can help in getting a detailed view of the hip.
This Magnetic Resonance Imaging gives the view of the soft tissue that is surrounding the hip area.
For people who undertook hip replacement, it is better to sleep on the back, placing the pillow between their legs. They have to avoid sleeping on the dislocated hip side, for at least 6 weeks.
Initially, they will try to relocate the hip joint without any surgery. But only when it fails, they will immediately suggest and perform surgery to fix the condition and to remove the unwanted fragments as well.