A fracture, or broken hip, commonly happens in a fall, car accident or sports injury. When bones are weakened due to osteoporosis or low bone density, fractures are more likely. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the bone.
Symptoms of a fracture are:
- Out-of-place or misshapen limb or joint
- Swelling, bruising or bleeding
- Intense pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Limited mobility or inability to move a limb
A hip fracture requires immediate medical care. Patients may need to wear a cast or splint, or have surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place. Rehabilitation is usually necessary to strengthen the hip and restore function.
It takes a tremendous amount of force to dislocate a hip. Common causes are auto accidents and high-impact sports injuries. A hip dislocation requires immediate medical attention to restore the hip joint to its normal position. Sometimes, a patient also suffers a fractured femur (thigh bone) at the same time as the hip dislocation, which may require surgery. During dislocation, the ligaments and tendons surrounding the hip are stretched, and need time to return to normal. Pain relievers, ice and rest are necessary following dislocation. Physical therapy is often prescribed to improve strength and function.
The orthopaedic surgeons at Oakland Regional Hospital perform joint replacement and treat many hip injuries and conditions. If you are experiencing hip pain, discomfort, or a decrease in function or range of motion, click below to make an appointment for a consultation. Or, call the Appointment Hotline at (248) 423-8484.