A hip dislocation happens when the head of the thighbone (femur) slips out of its socket in the hip bone (pelvis). About 90% of patients, the thighbone is pushed out of its socket in a backwards direction. This keeps the hip in a fixed position, bent and twisted in toward the middle of the body. The thighbone may also slip out of its socket in a forward direction. If this happens, the hip will be bent only slightly, and the leg will twist out and away from the middle of the body.
A hip dislocation is extremely painful, even debilitating. Patients are not able to move the leg and, if there is nerve damage, may not experience any feeling in the foot or ankle area.
Causes of a Hip Dislocation
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint: the ball-shaped head of the femur is placed inside a cup-shaped socket in the pelvis. The structure of a ball-and-socket joint gives it a great deal of stability and allows it to move freely. A great amount of force is required to pop the thighbone out of its socket, but that’s just what happens in a hip dislocation.
Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of hip dislocations. (Wearing a seat-belt can greatly reduce your risk.)
Falls from a height (such as a fall from a ladder) or industrial accidents can also generate enough force to dislocate a hip.
With hip dislocations, there are often other injuries, including fractures in the pelvis and legs, back injuries, or head injuries.
Symptoms of a Dislocated Hip
In an accident, a traumatic hip dislocation can lead to the following symptoms:
- Severe hip pain, particularly when the leg is moved.
- Injured leg is shorter than the uninjured leg.
- The injured leg lies in an abnormal position.
Outpatient Rehabilitation Treatments for a Dislocated Hip
Physical therapy and Chiropractic Care begins with a comprehensive initial evaluation, after which a treatment plan is then developed. The therapy sessions will typically involve a variety of evidence-based techniques, including:
- Building developmental skills
- Neuromuscular reeducation
- Manual techniques
- Balance training
- Electrical stimulation
- Orthotic recommendations
- Equipment recommendations
- Proactive family training
Our rehabilitation programs include a team approach, in which our physical therapists collaborate extensively with our chiropractors and physicians.
Other Common Therapies we Offer for a Dislocated Hip:
- Physical therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Nutrition changes
- Trigger point injections
- Manual adjustments
- Therapeutic exercises
- Massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- And many more…
AdvaCare Clinics, in Bloomington, MN , offers an outpatient rehabilitation physical therapy wing that has pre-evaluation and treatments for a dislocated hip. Based on the needs of the patient, our physical therapists will work with other members of the rehabilitation team to create an facial retraining program tailored to your needs to restore maximum function and mobility to the body.
Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about a dislocated hip, any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.