A dislocated hip refers to the condition in which the head of the femur, or thighbone, is separated from its socket in the pelvis. The hip can dislocate toward the front of the body (anteriorly) or toward the back of the body (posteriorly).
Signs and symptoms of a dislocated hip include
- joint pain,
- groin pain,
- abnormality or difficulty walking, and
- tenderness, warmth, or swelling of the area.
Other associated symptoms can include
- muscle weakness,
- muscle spasm,
- inability to move the hip,
- physical deformity,
- bruising, and
- difficulty sleeping on the affected hip.
Causes of a dislocated hip
Motor vehicle accidents and athletic injuries (including downhill skiing accidents and football injuries) are the most common causes of hip dislocation.
Other dislocated hip symptoms and signs
- Abnormality or Difficulty Walking
- Difficulty Sleeping on the Affected Hip
- Groin Pain
- Hip Pain
- Inability to Move the Hip
- Muscle Spasm
- Muscle Weakness
- Physical Deformity
- Tenderness, Warmth, or Swelling of the Area
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