The hip is a ball-and-socket joint.
The femur (thigh bone) has a round head, which fits into the socket of the hipbone (pelvis).
This arrangement gives the hip a great deal of mobility and stability. A great deal of force is required to cause a hip dislocation or fracture in a young healthy person, but motor vehicle accidents and falls from a roof or ladder can generate this amount of force.
According to our doctors, In older people, less force is required because of the higher prevalence of osteoperosis in older people and the natural weakening of bones with age. However, a program of exercise and weight training can greatly reduce the risk of hip fracture in older people, and will help younger people live longer, healthier lives.
Hip dislocations and fractures are medical emergencies, requiring immediate and expert medical care.
A physician can administer pain medication and manually place the hip back in its socket. For other dislocations and most fractures, surgery is required, and pins may be used to hold broken bones together.
A consultation with an orthopedic surgeon is the fastest and safest way to diagnose a hip dislocation and fracture. If you feel you are suffering from a broken hip, request an appointment today.