Hip Dislocation Causes
They can result from falls from height and direct impact in sports but car accidents and pedestrians being struck by vehicles are the most common cause. Anyone can suffer a hip dislocation but it is more common in members of the older generation who are less mobile
Hip Dislocation Symptoms
A hip dislocation often causes severe pain in the hip region and down the leg and into the back. Patients cannot normally walk and may experience numbness or tingling in their legs because of neurovascular damage.
Hip Dislocation Diagnosis
The dislocation can be evident by the position of the leg and X-rays and CT scans reveal the extent of the damage to the bone structure and the direction of the dislocation.
Hip Dislocation Treatment
If there are no other injuries the bones can be manipulated back into place, under anaesthetic or sedative, in a procedure called a reduction. Surgery may be required at the same time to remove loose tissue and correctly position the bones. The hip will take two to three months to heal after a dislocation but physical therapy can often be started during that time.
The force of the injury can damage nerves and blood vessels which have to be carefully managed.
To ask a question about hip dislocation or to book an appointment, contact our specialist team available Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9am – 1pm. Our hip specialists team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.
If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment. If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer for authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.
If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.