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Hip Dislocation Treatment in Illinois

We Are Equipped to Provide Hospital-Level Care for Hip Injuries

The hip is one of the largest weight-bearing joints in the human body. It is found where the thigh bone meets the pelvis to form a ball-and-socket joint. In a normal hip joint, the ball-shaped top of the thigh bone, or the Femoral head, fits into a cup-shaped socket in the pelvis called the Acetabulum. When the rounded top of the thigh bone slips, or is forced out, of the pelvic socket the result is a dislocated hip. Anyone can dislocate their hip joint as the result of a fall or trauma. However, older individuals tend to be at a higher risk, particularly if they suffer from mobility issues.

Causes of Hip Dislocation

A great deal of physical force is required to dislocate a hip joint, particularly in younger individuals. The most common causes of hip dislocation in otherwise healthy patients are automobile or motorcycle crashes, falls from significant heights, and industrial accidents. A dislocated hip can also be the result of sporting injuries. Because it takes such a large amount of physical force to cause a hip dislocation they are often accompanied by related injuries such as fractures to the pelvis, back, legs, and knees. Patients who have experienced a traumatic hip dislocation in the past are generally at a greater risk for suffering hip dislocations in the future.

Symptoms of Hip Dislocation

Hip dislocation is a serious medical emergency requiring immediate medical attention. The most common symptoms associated with a dislocated hip include:

  • Extreme pain
  • Inability to move leg
  • Potential loss of feeling in foot or ankle area
  • The Hip may be bent and twisted in toward the middle of the body, or leg may be twisted out and away from the middle of the body

Contact Fox Valley Orthopedics today if you or someone you love has suffered a hip dislocation. Call us at (630) 584-1400.