A hip dislocation is when the ball of the thigh bone moves out of place within the socket of the pelvic bone. It is not common.
The Hip Joint
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Things that may raise the risk of this problem are:
Problems may be:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You will be asked how the injury happened. A hip and leg exam will be done. This is often enough to make the diagnosis.
Images may be taken of your bones. This can be done with:
It may take 2 to 3 months to heal. The goals of treatment are to put the bones back in place. This may be done:
These treatments will also be needed:
Most hip dislocations are due to accidents. The risk may be lowered by:
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
OrthoInfo—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
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Last reviewed February 2020 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
Last Updated: 5/12/2020