Basically, “dislocation” means that the bones that form the joint have slipped out of their normal position in the joint. A joint can become dislocated if you injure yourself.
Dislocations can occur in any joint — both the large joints (such as the shoulder, hip, knee, elbow and ankle) or in the smaller joints (like fingers and toes).
Hip dislocations are relatively rare, yet a severe injury. They are often associated with pelvic fractures. A normal hip joint is stable and strong but dislocation can be caused by extreme force to the ball-and-socket hip joint. This type of force can be generated by motor vehicle accidents, falls from a height and high-impact sports.
These factors increase your chance of developing this condition. Tell your doctor if you have any of these:
- Prior hip replacement surgery
- Abnormal hip joint
- Alcohol use
- Poor muscle control or weakness leading to falls
The doctor may manipulate the thigh and leg. This is to try to put the ball of the femur back into the hip socket. You may be given medications to relax, such as:
- Pain medication
- Muscle relaxants
- General or spinal anesthesia