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Hip Dislocation

By  aenriquez  published  August 18, 2020

A dislocated hip can be a very painful experience that requires medical intervention as soon as possible. The hip joint is located where the femoral end of the thighbone is joined to the hipbone socket. When the bone is dislocated it is pushed or forced out of the socket, most often the result of a collision between the knee and something hard – the ground, a wall, the helmet of another football player, and any number of other situations. A dislocation is also common after a car crash, as the knee is pushed fast at the dashboard, pushing the thighbone out of place.

Except for a bone fracture of some kind, however, any joint dislocation, from a medical point of view, is focused on ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissue that is damaged when the bone is dislocated. Flexible soft tissue, such as a ligament, can be overstretched and tear when a joint is pushed out of place.

Symptoms

  • Groin pain
  • Leg pain or numbness
  • Overheated skin (from swelling underneath)
  • Numbness in the feet

What to do …

Your physician at FXRX will first order X-rays or use another imaging machine to get a look at your hip socket. After that, you may be mildly sedated while the physician manipulates the thighbone back into place. One that is done – that step is called a reduction – the main concern will be healing the soft tissue that held the joint together in the first place.

The aim, of course, is to have the healing take place without long-term damage. This may take some time, as ligaments can be slow to heal. Part of the reason for the slow healing is the point that you will likely be moving your hip as soon as possible.

Talk to a physician at FXRX to find the right hip brace mean to immobilize a hip joint while it heals. It is unlikely you will re-injure the hip in the same manner, but in the early stages of healing your soft tissue will not be as strong as before, leaving you vulnerable to a repeated incident, although certainly, your doctor is trying to reduce the odds on that as much as possible.

If X-rays reveal considerable damage to ligaments in the area, your physician might suggest an arthroscopy procedure. This is considered a minimally invasive operation that requires a very small incision and insertion of very small equipment that can allow the physician to see your soft tissue structure and how much damage has been done.

 During an arthroscopy procedure, the physician can also insert medical devices that manipulate ligaments directly to repair the damage done.

Healing from a hip dislocation can take several months with movement range growing slowly but surely. You can work with a physical therapist to learn how to get around despite this injury. A brace may be recommended and a physical therapist can help you learn how to put one on and make use of it.

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What is Physical Therapy?

By  aenriquez  published  January 21, 2020

Physical therapy involves the use of a variety of techniques designed to promote healing, reduce pain, or adjust behaviors and skillsets to adapt to a permanent condition that is affecting someone’s life.

Physical therapists deal with a lengthy variety of conditions that range from a sports injury to heart disease. They are the ground-level service providers for healing, conditioning, pain relief, and adaptation to unusual circumstances.

In so many words, your body is designed to heal from illnesses and injuries of all sorts. Your immune system fights off diseases and helps you recover from them. Your muscles and bones, when they are injured, are designed to recover, mending fractures and breaks and growing replacement tissue in many cases. A physical therapist has many techniques that accelerate the healing process. However, if a condition is permanent, like the loss of a limb or spinal cord paralysis, a physical therapist teaches ways to adjust to your disability so you can be as active and pain-free as possible.

You can view healing as one way your body reacts to pain; as such, healing is a process of returning function and to reduce pain. Since physical therapy can promote a speedier recovery, pain relief is an important goal in many physical therapy interventions.

It is impossible to list here all the conditions where a physical therapy strategy can be helpful. They help people learn to walk with a cane or braces; they help people relearn to walk; they help restore movement after a traumatic sports injury; they use a variety of massage techniques to promote deep healing and relaxation; they help women recover after giving birth, and they help people who aren’t injured learn how to do various activities in a safe manner to avoid or prevent an injury in the first place.

Many insurance policies allow people to go directly to a physical therapist – to make an appointment and start working with the PT. Other policies require patients to see a primary care doctor first so that they can make a proper referral to a physical therapist.

Perhaps the best scenario in this situation is to see a doctor in a clinic that already has a physical therapist (or more than one) on staff, so the referral is as good as done.

Goals

 A physical therapist’s goals are always to reduce pain, restore functionality, or prevent injury. Among the first steps in the process are for the physical therapist to measure your current functioning status and assess the level of pain you are suffering.

The physical therapist will then create a customized plan to address your issues. They will then walk you through the plan and teach it to you. Typically, a physical therapist will teach you stretching, relaxation, or exercising activities that you can do at home. They will then schedule a series of appointments with you to monitor your progress and teach new activities to move you to the next level of healing.

Appointments are also helpful for the physical therapist to conduct hands-on healing that is best done in the office, such as extensive massages or measuring your progress. As such, an appointment with a physical therapist often lasts much longer than the standard visit to a doctor’s office. The physical therapist is where the rubber meets the road, where the actual healing from many physical conditions begins. It can take some time for the magic to work. If you are committed to healing, a physical therapist can be a miracle worker.

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