Are Partially Dislocated Hip Symptoms Disrupting Your Life?

March 15, 2024

Sometimes, you can feel like your hip has almost popped out of its usual spot, called the hip socket. A partially dislocated hip’s symptoms include pain, stiffness, and a limited range of motion. People might also notice their leg feels weird or looks different.

Can you Still Walk with a Partially Dislocated Hip?

When a hip is partially dislocated (hip subluxation), the ball part of the joint is not completely out of its socket. The symptoms are like those of a full hip dislocation, but the pain might not be as bad. If it’s not too serious, you might still be able to walk and put weight on it.

Causes of Partial Hip Dislocation

Hip dislocations often happen because of car accidents or falls from heights, like off a ladder. In sports like football or hockey, where falls are common, they can also occur.

To determine whether your hip is dislocated, an orthopedic doctor or surgeon will perform tests like X-rays, CT scans, arthrograms, or MRIs to check for other injuries. They will also examine you closely to ensure nothing else is damaged.

How Can I Tell If My Hip Is Dislocated?

You can tell if your hip is dislocated with the help of hip subluxation symptoms. When a hip is dislocated, patients feel intense pain and can’t move their legs normally. The leg might look weird compared to the other side. Other symptoms include:

  • Limping
  • The hip feels warmer than usual
  • Pain in the groin area
  • Trouble sleeping on the hip
  • Sudden, sharp pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Swelling or color change around the hip
  • Leg twists inward or outward
  • Can’t move the leg
  • Can’t put weight on the leg
  • Loss of sensation in the hip or foot
  • The hip looks out of place

Hip Subluxation Treatment

Your orthopedic specialist can prepare your treatment plan considering the severity of your hip injury and physical health. The main goal of their treatment will be to restore your hip’s functionality while relieving pain. Following are your options:

Emergency Care

  • If you think your hip is dislocated, don’t try to move it.
  • Call for an ambulance or go to the emergency room right away.
  • It’s really painful and needs urgent treatment to prevent more damage.
  • Fixing a dislocated hip needs special training, medicine, and help. It’s only safe after other injuries are checked.
  • Some other injuries might need surgery.
  • Treatment works best if done within a few hours of the injury.

Hip Reduction

  • Your doctor will move your hip back into place. This is called a reduction.
  • If there are no other injuries, they can do it outside the body (“closed reduction”).
  • It takes a lot of force to dislocate a hip and to put it back.
  • Your doctor might prescribe medicine to help with pain and muscle spasms during the procedure.
  • Sometimes, they do it while you are asleep with general anesthesia.


  • If serious injuries might need to be addressed through surgery.
  • They can also treat any damaged nerves or blood vessels during surgery.
  • They can fix the joint to stop it from dislocating again.
  • Surgeries work well for infants with hip issues, with a 90% success rate.

Wrapping Up

Noticing partially dislocated hip symptoms is a medical emergency. Do not take it lightly, especially if you have had a hip replacement in the past. A movement as simple as crossing your legs can cause dislocation.

Visit Dr. Gombera at Mufaddal M. Gombera, MD, for minimally invasive recovery and relief. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and treating shoulder, hip, and knee injuries. Dial (713) 794-3457 to book an appointment.

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Dr. Gombera

Dr. Gombera, earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Michigan. Expanding his expertise, he undertook a sports medicine and arthroscopy fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago. Recognized as a Super Doctors Rising Star and honored for patient care excellence at the University of Michigan, he holds multiple certifications and licenses, solidifying his dedication to delivering exceptional medical services.



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