Dislocating a hip is a medical emergency. The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The socket is part of the pelvis and the ball is part of the femur. Cartilage covers the surface of the ball-and-socket. According to OrthoInfo, the cartilage is what “helps the bones glide easily across each other.”
When the hip is dislocated, the ball, otherwise known as the femoral head, is pushed out of the socket. Often times the ligaments, muscles and other tissues holding the hip bones in place can be damaged when the hip is dislocated. When someone dislocates their hip, they are usually unable to move their leg.
OrthoInfo states that car collisions are the most common cause of hip dislocations. This dislocation occurs when the knee hits the dashboard. This forces the ball out of the socket.
It’s important to see a doctor immediately after dislocating your hip. It can take up to two to three months for the hip to heal from the dislocation. Rehab and physical therapy are usually recommended. Walking aids, such as crutches and walkers can help patients become mobilized again.