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Hip Dislocation

A hip dislocation is when a bone slips out of joint and is a medical emergency requiring urgent attention. There are various grades of dislocation and are classified as simple or complex, which are accompanied by fractures.

Hip dislocation causes

They can result from falls from height and direct impact in sports but car accidents and pedestrians being struck by vehicles are the most common cause. Anyone can suffer a hip dislocation but it is more common in members of the older generation who are less mobile

Hip dislocation symptoms

A hip dislocation often causes severe pain in the hip region and down the leg and into the back. Patients cannot normally walk and may experience numbness or tingling in their legs because of neurovascular damage.

Hip dislocation diagnosis

The dislocation can be evident by the position of the leg and X-rays and CT scans reveal the extent of the damage to the bone structure and the direction of the dislocation.

Hip dislocation treatment

If there are no other injuries the bones can be manipulated back into place, under anaesthetic or sedative, in a procedure called a reduction. Surgery may be required at the same time to remove loose tissue and correctly position the bones. The hip will take two to three months to heal after a dislocation but physical therapy can often be started during that time.

The force of the injury can damage nerves and blood vessels which have to be carefully managed.

Contact us

To ask a question about hip dislocation or to book an appointment, contact our specialist team available Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9am – 1pm. Our hip specialists team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment. If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer for authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

Call us on 0207 078 3811 or email us at londonhipspecialists@hje.org.uk

Hip Clinic

Our London-based specialist Hip Clinic offers an extensive range of treatments for hip conditions and injuries. Our multidisciplinary team of hip consultants can offer a combined treatment plan tailored to individual patient needs.

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Patient information

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Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 0207 078 3811.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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