To assess if your hip is dislocated, your doctor will:
To put the dislocated bone back into its position, your doctor may:
It may take 2 – 3 months for your hip to recover from the dislocation. If you have other injuries such as fractures or nerve damage, your recovery period may be longer.
To help your hip heal completely after treatment, follow your doctor's recommendations for rest, use of supports, medication and physiotherapy.
Limit your hip motion for a few weeks to avoid pain and causing further injury. For example:
You may need to use a hip brace and walking aids such as crutches for a few weeks or months. These external braces (orthoses) help to support your weight when you move so as to prevent another dislocation.
Over-the-counter pain relief medication, such as ibuprofen, naproxen or paracetamol, can help to relieve pain.
Follow your doctor's recommendation for exercises or physiotherapy to regain strength and mobility, and prevent further injuries.
Most patients recover well after a hip dislocation that has been reduced in a timely manner.
However, if there is persistent pain after a treated hip dislocation or if there is recurrent dislocation, your doctor may recommend further imaging. [Magnetic resonance imaging](/tests-treatments/magnetic-resonance-imaging-scan (MRI) or computerised tomography (CT) may be used to check for:
In such cases, surgical repair may be required. This can often be done through keyhole (arthroscopic) surgery, although in severe cases, open reconstruction may be required.