Hip Joint Dislocation
The acetabular joint, or hip joint, is the largest ball and socket joint in the body, with the femural head (top of the leg bone) sitting inside the acetabular fossa (hip socket). When the femoral head comes out of the hip socket it is referred to as a hip dislocation. Dislocations usually occur from a forceful hit to the joint, most commoly during a car accident, and will cause stretching or tearing of the connective tissue surrounding the joint. Dislocation in the hip takes a great amount of force and it will sometimes occur together with a hip fracture, back injury, head injury or fracture in the pelvis.
When the hip is dislocated, the damage to the soft tissue that usually connects and stabilizes the hip makes the joint painful and unstable. This connective tissue includes the acetabular labrum, articular cartilage, ligaments (iliofemoral, ischiofemoral, pubofemoral, and teres) and the tendons of the stabilizing muscles (piriformis, obturator internus, obturator externus, gemellus superior and inferior, quadratus femoris, IT band, psoas, rectus femoris, tensor fascia lata, gluteus medius and minimus, adductor magnus and longus).
Dislocations are classified into two categories, anterior and posterior. Posterior dislocations are the most common. With a posterior dislocation, the affected joint is rotated internally and the leg will be noticeably shorter. An anterior dislocation is less common, and the leg will be visiably rotated externally.
Symptoms of a Hip Dislocation
- Severe pain in the hip area that worsens when you try to move your hip
- Referred pain may be felt in the knee if the IT band is damaged
- Lower back or sciatica pain if the sciatic nerve is pinched
- Difficulty walking, standing or moving your leg
- Swelling and bruising in the hip area
- A visible shortening of the leg on the affected side
- A visible change in the appearance of the hip joint
Risks of Hip Dislocation
The following situations will increase your risk of a hip dislocation:
- A previous hip replacement
- Participating in high impact sports or sports where falls occur (i.e. skiing, snowboarding, gymnastics, rugby, car racing, football)
- Factors that may increase the risk of a fall - working on a ladder, dementia or an unsteady gait
- Weakness in the hip muscles due to inactivity
Treating Your Hip Dislocation
The trick to healing the stretched or torn tendons, ligaments and/or labrum following a hip dislocation is getting it to heal with minimal scar tissue formation as possible. Scar tissue can cause pain during exercise and most everyday activities and leave your hip more prone to re-injury later on. But what's worse is that it can bind the tissue together in your acetabular joint making the joint stiff and limiting your range of motion. However, if you heal your injured hip tissue efficiently and quickly with Inferno Wrap® BFST® treatments, you reduce the amount of scar tissue that forms during the healing process.
Cold compression therapy and BFST® will reduce pain, swelling and tissue damage, treat scar tissue, and promote blood flow to heal the connective tissue in your hip faster and more completely than any other methods available.
Freezie Wrap® Cold Compression Therapy
To decrease inflammation and relieve the pain of a hip stretched tendon, ligament or labral tear doctor's recommend cold compression therapy. Cold compression therapy within the first 72 hours of a hip dislocation or following surgery is an effective way to relieve pain and swelling while limiting the amount of damage done to your tissue. In addition, cold compression therapy can reduce, or even eliminate, the need for NSAIDs that can be harmful to your body.
The Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® is the cold compression tool you need to treat your hip pain in an effective and convenient way. It is so versatile you can also use it to treat any pain you may be experiencing in your back or legs as well.
The Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® uses a supercharged cooling gel pack, that chills in the fridge, not in the freezer like ice or other freezer packs, giving you deep cold therapy without the risk of 'cold burns' or cryoburn. The medical-grade wrap delivers cold right where you need it.
Cold compression therapy works by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in your hip joint and reduces swelling that can block blood vessels. This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygen and nutrients to your hip and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy, cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells do not get the oxygen they need to survive.
By limiting damage done to your hip tendon, ligament or labrum, you limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step in healing your hip properly!
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy, or BFST® is the most natural way to speed healing of your damaged tissue and BFST® reduces the risk of atrophy (weakening of the muscles) in your upper leg muscles. BFST® enhances your body's own healing process by simply increasing the amount of blood that flows to your hip and leg to improve the health of your tissue by delivering an abundance of nutrients to the area.
When you stop moving your hip because it hurts the amount of blood that flows naturally to your acetabular joint is reduced, limiting your body's natural ability to heal itself.
By treating your hip joint and leg with BFST® you can increase your body's blood supply to the hip and increase your body's natural healing power.
During the healing process, scar tissue builds up to 'repair' the damaged tissue. Unfortunately, scar tissue can bind your tissue together abnormally around the hip joint. The inflexible scar tissue causes more hip pain and limits the movement of these connective tissues that were once elastic and gave your hip its stability and range of motion. As a result, movement of the entire joint is limited making it difficult to rotate your hip and lift your leg.
If scar tissue is left untreated, your hip may stiffen making movement difficult and in some cases, impossible. At the very least, scar tissue leaves your acetabular joint weaker and unstable, leaving your hip at greater risk of further injury. Fortunately, the Inferno Wrap® minimizes the growth of scar tissue and helps soften existing scar tissue.
An Inferno Wrap® is the tool you need to treat your dislocated hip because it speeds healing and relaxes the surrounding muscles. With BFST®, tissues are safely and gently stimulated. Your body responds with a rapid increase in blood flow to the area, increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to injured tissue cells to promote healing. The Back/Hip Inferno Wrap® from MendMeShop® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
In addition, the improved blood flow helps reduce the risk of atrophy in your muscles. When you stop moving your leg and hip due to pain, your muscles and other tissue can become weaker and dead cells and toxins in the area can cause further tissue deterioration - this can lead to atrophy (muscle weakness and/or deterioration) in your quadriceps, hamstrings and other leg muscles. The Back/Hip Inferno Wrap® is an amazing healing tool that can be used to treat your entire body.
By clearing the area of toxins and increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients to your hip, injured ligaments and tendons, and leg muscles the risk of atrophy is greatly reduced. Keeping your hip and leg tissue as healthy as possible throughout the healing process will allow you to improve strength again once your hip pain is gone.
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