Hip dislocation is the movement of the femur (thighbone) out of the socket of the hip. A hip dislocation is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate attention from a doctor. The dislocation of the hip is caused by a forceful blow to the lower body, often from a car accident or a serious fall.
When the ball at the top of the femur (thighbone) is forced out of the hip socket, it can be forced forward, causing an anterior dislocation or backwards causing a posterior dislocation, which is far more common.
Realigning the hip is referred to as a reduction. Following a hip dislocation, reduction is needed within 8 hours of the initial injury to prevent permanent damage. While most hip reduction is performed at an emergency facility, our team at South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is here to help with recovery, physical therapy and any additional injury caused by a hip dislocation.
A majority of patients experience a vast improvement in mobility and pain relief following a hip reduction.