Dislocated Hip: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 6/29/2021

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

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
  • Bruising
  • 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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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.