Hip Dislocation

ExitCare ImageA hip dislocation happens when your thigh bone (the ball) separates from your hip bone (the socket). Hip dislocation is an emergency. If you think you have a hip dislocation and cannot move your leg, get help right away. Do not try to move.

Your doctor will put your thigh bone back in the joint (the ball back in the socket). Sometimes this can be done without surgery. Surgery may be needed if blood vessels or nerves are damaged, or if the ball cannot be put back into the socket by hand.


  • Rest your injured joint. Do not move it.

  • Avoid the activity that caused your injury.

  • Put ice on your injured joint for 1 to 2 days or as told by your doctor.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, every 2 hours while you are awake.

  • Use crutches or a walker as told by your doctor.

  • Exercise your hip and leg as told by your doctor.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.


  • Your pain gets worse, not better.

  • You feel like your hip has dislocated again.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.