A condition where the ball of the thighbone (femur) moves out of place within the socket of the pelvic bone (acetabulum). This type of injury temporarily deforms and immobilizes a persons hip joint.
Causes< br /> Since the hip joint is typically strong and stable, a person typically only suffers a dislocated hip due to strong force and pressure exerted on the area. Such force can stem from motor vehicle crashes, severe falls and direct blows to the area.
A dislocated hip causes severe pain to the hip area and leg. Numbness at the back of the thighs may also be present if the injury presses on the surrounding nerve area. Deformities on or near the hip area and inability to walk can also occur.
Treatment of a dislocated hip can either be done through a closed reduction or open reduction. A closed reduction is where the bone is positioned into its proper place without incision. An open reduction is a surgical procedure that exposes the injured bones in order to position them into place or insert metal plates and screws into the site.