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Hip Dislocation in Adults

What is Hip Dislocation in Adults?

Hip dislocation in adults is a condition in which the head of the femur in the hip joint comes out of the cavity formed by the pelvic bone. Acute (sudden) hip dislocations usually occur as a result of trauma, fall or overexertion. Acute Hip dislocation is a serious condition and may require urgent medical attention. Treatment usually involves surgery and the rehabilitation process can be long. Chronic hip dislocations or hip dislocations that occur over time are usually the result of congenital hip diseases or developmental delay. It can seriously affect a person’s mobility and cause long-term complications. Therefore, accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment methods are important.

What are the Symptoms of Hip Dislocation in Adults?

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At MSM Clinic, we offer an in-depth understanding of the symptoms and conditions associated with hip dislocation. Since acute hip dislocations are usually due to trauma, there is severe pain, deformity, limitation of movement and shortness. However, if nerve damage occurs, numbness or weakness occurs. In chronic complete dislocations, a distinctive gait pattern known as the “duck walk” is observed on both sides. In unilateral dislocations, there may be a difference of up to 4-6 cm in leg lengths, and this may lead to the development of scoliosis by bending the pelvis over time. In semi-dislocations (subluxation), no discomfort may be felt at first, but pain and limitation of movement may occur over time. Children who play football have a high risk of hip dislocation, but the pain occurs gradually due to arthritis. These pains usually radiate from the groin and thigh to the knee. In general, the symptoms are:

  • Pain in the hip
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs
  • Limitation of movement in the hip
  • Length inequality in the legs


As MSM Clinic, we offer a personalized approach for each patient with hip dislocation and create the most effective treatment plan by benefiting from the experience of our experts. We care about your health and are committed to providing you with the best treatment.

How to Diagnose Hip Dislocation in Adults?

Although the diagnosis of hip dislocation in adults may seem simple at first glance, it is complex and a comprehensive examination is required for an appropriate treatment plan. All factors such as gait analysis, perceived shortness, joint range of motion and muscle condition should be carefully evaluated. In cases where there are discrepancies between the evidence and perceived brevity, a precise orthorontgenogram examination to millimeter precision may be required.

As MSM Clinic, our specialist doctors can perform the following to diagnose hip dislocation in adults:

  • Physical examination: The doctor examines the hip joint for range of motion and sensitivity.
  • X-ray: Used to create an image of the hip joint and can help see the dislocation.
  • Computed tomography (CT): Used to create more detailed images of the hip joint and can help determine the severity of the dislocation.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Used to create detailed images of the hip joint and surrounding tissues and can help determine the cause of the dislocation and other possible damage.


As MSM Clinic, we adopt an individual approach for each patient, make the correct diagnosis and create the most effective treatment plan. We are here to protect your health and achieve the best results.

Treatment of Hip Dislocation in Adults

Treatment of hip dislocation in adults varies depending on the type and severity of the dislocation, the patient’s general health condition, and other factors. In general, treatment options may include:

  • Closed Reduction (Closed Correction): In some cases, the dislocation can be replaced without surgical intervention. This is accomplished using appropriate positioning and manipulation techniques.
  • Surgical Treatment: In complete dislocations or cases where closed reduction fails, surgical intervention may be required. Surgical options may include surgery to replace the dislocation or implantation of a hip joint prosthesis. Surgery is the only option for patients with chronic hip dislocation.
  • Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation: After surgery or occlusion correction, physiotherapy and rehabilitation programs can help the patient strengthen the hip joint and surrounding muscles and regain mobility.
  • Medication: Prescription or over-the-counter medications can be used to reduce pain and inflammation. This can increase patient comfort and support the healing process.
  • Supportive Devices: Walking aids, special shoes, or other supportive devices may be used to ensure the patient’s safety and increase mobility.


In our clinic, the treatment plan is determined individually for each patient and adapted to the patient’s specific condition by our specialist doctor. As MSM Clinic, our aim is to provide appropriate treatment to increase patients’ comfort, restore their mobility and achieve the best results.

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