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Hip dislocation: complications, recovery time, and more

Not only is a hip dislocation extremely painful, but this can make it extremely difficult to walk. In the event of nerve damage, it’s possible that you may not have any feeling below your hip.

There are many causes of hip dislocation, some of which can come about through your employment. For example, a motor vehicle accident has the potential to cause a hip dislocation. The same holds true with a fall from height, such as from scaffolding or a ladder.

Making matters even worse is the fact that a hip dislocation is often accompanied by other injuries, such as fractures to the legs, knee or back. With this, it’s even more difficult to make a full recovery in a timely manner.

While no two people suffer the exact same injury, most find that it takes a long period of rest to recover from a hip dislocation. This varies, but the average recovery time is in the two to three month range. In the event of other injuries, such as fractures, the recovery period can be even longer.

The only thing good is this: With assistance, you can begin to walk shortly after a hip dislocation injury.

If you suffer this injury on the job, it’s important that you report the accident to your employer. You should also work closely with your medical team to ensure that you are getting the right treatment at the right time.

Since a hip dislocation is sure to keep you out of work, you should also learn more about workers’ compensation. You may be able to receive benefits if you can prove that you suffered your injury on the job.

Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, “Hip Dislocation,” accessed June 30, 2017