Managing Hip Pain After an Auto Accident
Auto accidents are a leading cause of personal injury across the United States. A car accident often causes the body to be thrown around or be struck by other objects. A wide range of injuries can occur as a result of a car crash, including hip injuries.
Hip injuries are not only painful, but they have a huge effect on physical functions, including walking. Individuals should not ignore hip pain after an auto accident. At Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin, we offer a comprehensive range of treatments, including hip surgery to repair damage, so that accident victims in the Austin, TX, area can enjoy restored comfort and mobility.
Common Hip Injuries After a Car Accident
When people consider potential car accident injuries, they often think of head, neck, and back injuries, but any part of the body can be damaged in a collision. The hip can be injured in various ways in a crash. Depending on the force of a crash impact and whether the accident victim was thrown from their vehicle or struck by another object, they may suffer from one of these common hip injuries after a car accident:
- Bursitis - Bursitis describes inflammation (or swelling) within the bursae, which are fluid filled sacs that surround the hip joint. Bursitis can cause the hip to feel stiff and achy.
- Dislocation - The trauma of a car accident can cause the femur, or thigh bone, to be pushed out of its place in the hip socket. Hip dislocation can cause inflammation and pain. Individuals who suffer from hip dislocation may experience numbness or tingling in the leg, and they are likely to have limited leg movement.
- Fracture - If the hip is struck directly, or if the body is thrown against the ground or another object, the hip socket or other bones within the hip can be fractured. Hip fractures often cause significant pain, and they can lead to long-term complications if they are not treated properly.
When someone suffers from hip pain after a car accident, it is essential that they see an orthopedic specialist as soon as possible. Hip pain is not something that will go away on its own, and if a hip injury is not treated properly, it can lead to further damage.
At Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin, our doctors offer a wide range of treatment options for hip injuries. The treatment that is best-suited for each patient will depend on the type of injury that is present, and the severity of damage. Treatment options include:
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Steroid injections
- Minimally invasive hip surgery
Benefits of Treatment
Many individuals are reluctant to undergo treatment for hip injuries, especially if it involves surgery. However, our doctors rely on the latest technologies to offer minimally invasive surgery that results in a lower risk of complications and a faster recovery time. And treatment is the best way for auto accident victims to repair injury damages, prevent further complications, and restore comfort and mobility.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident and are experiencing hip pain, you may have a serious injury. To learn how treatment at Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin can get you back in motion, contact our practice online, or call us at (512) 476-2830.