Working on a construction site is a hazardous occupation. Workers can be injured in countless ways, and may suffer from any number of injuries as a result. One such potential injury is a dislocated hip. This injury typically occurs after a fall or other high-impact trauma. The treatment required for this injury depends largely on the nature and severity of the dislocation.
How Hip Dislocations Are Diagnosed
First, your doctor will diagnose the hip dislocation. This is typically done by examining the hip joint. X-rays may be taken in order to confirm the initial diagnosis. This will also reveal whether there are any accompanying fractures along with the hip dislocation. A CT scan or MRI scan may also be needed if the physician is seeking additional details about the nature of the injury. The results of these tests will help to determine the best course of treatment for your injury.
How Hip Dislocations Are Treated
If there is no associated broken bone, your dislocated hip can sometimes be put back into place without needing surgery. The doctor will usually give you pain and relaxation medication before moving the head of the thighbone back into its socket. Tests can then be done to verify that it is back in place. If there is a broken bone associated with the injury, then surgery is typically required in order to correct the hip dislocation as well as the broken bone.
Many victims of hip dislocations will require crutches for a while after treatment, and may have a limp that can last several weeks. Construction workers will often find that they cannot return to work for at least two to three months after the dislocation. Some victims may need to engage in a strengthening program for the muscles and ligaments around the hip. This is because once a hip becomes dislocated, the chances are higher that it will be dislocated again.
If the hip dislocation involves issues with blood and oxygen supply to the thighbone, this may also necessitate surgery. The recovery period from this type of treatment is typically much longer than for less severe injuries.
If you were injured on a construction site and suffered a dislocated hip, you may be entitled to compensation. This compensation could come in the form of workers’ compensation or a liability claim. We can help you obtain the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today at (877) 360-0183 for more information.