Things that may raise the risk of this problem are:
- Prior hip replacement surgery
- Doing activities that involve heights, such as being on a ladder
- Playing certain sports, such as football, rugby, skiing, and snowboarding
- Health problems that result in falls, such as weak muscles
- Not wearing a seatbelt
- Having an abnormal hip joint
It may take 2 to 3 months to heal. The goals of treatment are to put the bones back in place. This may be done:
- Without surgery—anesthesia will be used to ease pain while the doctor moves the ball of the thigh bone back into the hip socket
- With surgery—tissue or bone fragments may be removed before the ball of the thigh bone can be put back into the hip socket
These treatments will also be needed:
- Rest and ice
- Pain relievers
- A splint or sling to keep the hip still as it heals
- Exercises to help with hip strength, flexibility, and range of motion
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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