Are you suffering from symptoms of a Hip Dislocation?

The Orthopedic Specialists at MD West ONE are able to properly diagnose and treat hip dislocations through both surgical and non-surgical treatments. If you have the following symptoms, you may want to make an appointment with one of our Board Certified Specialists.

  • Pain on affected side
  • Not able to bear weight on affected side
  • Not able to move leg
  • Swelling at hip joint
  • Loss of feeling in your hip or foot
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What is a Hip Dislocation?

The hip joint is a ball-in-socket joint when a dislocation happens the ball comes out of the socket. The hip joint is designed to be extremely stable so dislocations typically occur as a result of trauma such as motor vehicle accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Hip dislocations are considered a medical emergency and should be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible.

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What can cause a hip dislocation?

Hip dislocations are most commonly caused by:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls from great heights
  • Sports Injuries
  • Due to previous medical conditions
  • Implants that affect joint stability.

How is a hip dislocation diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose hip dislocations by taking a medical history, physical exam, and X-rays of the affected area. Further imaging may be required, like computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.

How is a hip dislocation treated?

Hip Reduction: 

Your doctor may perform a hip reduction. A hip reduction is the process of pushing your hip back into place. This is generally performed as soon as possible to help avoid any further damage to the joint and surrounding structures.


Depending on the extent of your injuries associated with the dislocation, your doctor may recommend surgery to repair the joint. Sometimes surgery is also required if other methods to pop the joint back into place have failed.

Your specialist will discuss the options and help you decide which type of treatment is the most appropriate for you.

Are you suffering from hip dislocation symptoms? Make an appointment to see one of our orthopedic specialists. 


This article has been written and peer-reviewed by the AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee and the AAHKS Evidence-Based Medicine Committee.