How to Tell if You Have a Hip Dislocation
Because your hip is a ball-and-socket joint, it can be easily dislocated. Common causes of hip dislocations involve car crashes, falls from significant heights, and repetitive sports injuries. When your hip dislocates, it often damages the surrounding ligaments, muscles, nerves, labrum, and other soft tissues around your hip. Whether it’s a posterior or anterior hip dislocation, you’re likely going to experience a whole lot of pain as a result. Other symptoms of a hip dislocation include an inability to move your leg and/or the loss of feeling in your foot/ankle area.
Effectively Treating Hip Dislocations in Houston
The most common method of treatment for a hip dislocation in our North Houston office involves a hip reduction procedure. During this procedure, we’ll administer an anesthetic or a sedative while we manipulate your hip bones back into place. Sometimes we also have to remove loose soft tissue in order to correctly position your hip bones. Following a hip reduction, we’ll take more x-rays to ensure everything is as it should be.
Recovery time can take 2-3 months and even longer if there were additional fractures involved. Physical therapy is usually recommended during recovery. If left untreated, a hip dislocation can cause more severe nerve injury, arthritis, or a painful condition known as osteonecrosis, which can ultimately lead to the destruction of your hip joint. To learn more about KSF Orthopaedic Center’s effective hip dislocation treatments in Houston, give us a call!