Though it takes a great force to dislocate the hip from its socket, once it occurs, it is a serious problem and requires immediate medical attention. People who suffer from hip dislocation go through severe pain that may cripple their routine life. The condition gets worse, if the patient doesn’t know the right way to approach the problem and doesn’t receive the right treatment that may include the use of a skeletal traction kit. Continuing the discussion further, in this post, we highlight various aspects of hip dislocation, providing an overview of the gravity of the problem and the way forward.
Posterior vs. Anterior
There are two typical cases of hip dislocation – posterior (backward) or anterior (forward) – with approximately 90 percent of all cases being posterior. In posterior hip dislocation, the thighbone is pushed out of the socket in a backward direction. The affected limb is shortened and internally rotated. In the case of anterior hip dislocation, the thighbone dislocates from the socket in a forward direction with affected limbs externally rotated.
Hip dislocation can be extremely painful and the patient is unable to move the affected leg. More often than not, the foot or ankle area also goes numb.
Hip dislocation is a serious injury and requires immediate medical attention. Patients are strictly advised not to move. If it’s a case of hip dislocation without any additional injuries, the doctor may diagnose it by simply looking at the position of the leg, but may need an x-ray to identify the exact position of the dislocated bone and check any additional fractures in the hip or thighbone.
For the treatment, orthopedicians usually administer an anesthetic or sedative on the patient before fixing the bone by returning it back to its position – a procedure known as reduction. Post reduction, the surgeon asks for another round of x-rays, and if possible, a computed tomography (CT) scan to ensure that the bones are relocated to the right position.
Post hip dislocation surgery, patients take about 2-3 months to recover. The recovery time, however, varies from person to person, and is based on the severity of additional fractures. Skeletal traction kit or skin traction kit is often recommended by doctors to stabilize dislocation of the femur and ease pressure on the spine & skeletal system. The kit helps reduce muscle spasms and also reduces the risk of skeletal deformities. Physical therapy is also recommended during the recovery period.
Hip dislocation can occur any time and educating yourself about the types, symptoms, and a medical procedures that follow such an event can help you make informed decisions in time and take the right way forward. If you or someone you know is recovering from a hip dislocation, Vissco provides a range of quality skeletal traction kits to help relieve the pain and speed up the recovery process. Should you wish to learn more about our skeletal traction kits, feel free to call us at +91 22 4333 0300, +91 22 4333 0333, or simply fill out our contact us form here, and we will take it from there.