Hip Dislocation

Hip Dislocation


A traumatic hip dislocation occurs when the head of femur is forced out of its socket in the pelvis. For this to occur, it takes a major outside force to dislocate the hip. Car accidents and falls from significant heights are among the most common ways for a traumatic hip dislocation to take place. Normally, a traumatic hip dislocation is accompanied with broken bones, soft tissue damage, muscle damage, nerve damage, and severe pain. If you, or someone you know, are under the belief that a hip dislocation has been sustained, you must seek immediate medical treatment; a hip dislocation is a serious medical emergency.


A hip dislocation occurs when the femoral head is pushed either backward or forward out of the acetabulum, the socket which contains the femoral head.

  • The most common hip dislocation occurs when the femoral head is pushed backwards out of the socket. This is called a posterior dislocation, and it leaves the lower leg in a fixed position, with the knee and foot rotated in toward the middle of the body.
  • The more uncommon hip dislocation is an anterior dislocation. In this dislocation the thighbone slips out in a forward direction. The hip will be left bent, and the leg will rotate out and away from the middle of the body.


A hip dislocation is very painful and usually easily diagnosable. However, a patients dislocation may be so severe that nerve damage results leading to a loss of feeling in the foot or ankle area. If you believe a hip dislocation has occurred, you must seek immediate medical treatment.


A car accident is the most common instance in which a traumatic hip dislocation occurs. Normally, the force of the car accident causes the victim’s knees to hit the dashboard. This second collision with the dashboard causes the victim’s thigh to move backwards and the ball head pop out of the socket forward. However, if a seatbelt is worn during the car crash, the chances of this happening are greatly reduced. Falling from a ladder, from scaffolding while working, into a ditch or hole that is not properly marked as hazardous, or any other significant fall may also result in a hip dislocation. Although not as common as car accidents, the fall can generate enough force to throw your hip out of its socket.


Before any treatment is begun, it is important that you seek medical diagnosis to correctly identify if a posterior or anterior dislocation has occurred. If a dislocation has just occurred, do not try to move the victim as it will only increase their pain and may cause further damage.

A medical professional may be able to observe the dislocation and diagnosis it without further testing. But it is not uncommon for the injured victim to undergo x-ray examination to determine the exact position of the dislocation and if other bones surrounding the dislocation sustained breaks or fractures.

After your medical diagnosis, the following practices may be implemented to repair the injury. In most cases, the injured person may be administered anesthetic or a sedative to allow the doctor to correctly manipulate the bones into their proper position. This will adequately repair the dislocation.

If the dislocation causes torn soft tissue or fragmented bones not allowing the hip to renter the socket, surgery may be required. The surgery repairs the tissue damage or removes the fragmented bones, and allows the doctor to manipulate the bones into their correct position. In this instance, it is common for the surgeon to require x-ray’s or a CT scan to make sure the bones are in their proper position.


It takes time to repair a dislocated hip. Normally, the injured can return to mobility with the assistance of crutches after a short amount of time. However, a following the relocation of the hip the patient is limited in their mobility, and are asked to engage in activities that require no mobility at all, or mobility that limits the movement of their injured hip. Additionally, physical therapy is recommended during the recovery period. In all, the recovery period typically last 2 to 3 months.

The Murphy Law Firm is Here to Help

Two to three months is a long time to be out of work, and immobilized by an injury. The personal injury lawyers at Murphy Law Firm are here to make sure that you can recover from your accident. Our team of personal injury attorneys take an aggressive approach to all of our cases, and insurance companies already know that we will not settle for anything less than maximum compensation. If you’ve been hurt and dislocated your hip call the personal injury lawyers at Murphy Law Firm at (225) 928-8800 today! Don’t be a victim twice.


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