Dislocation of the hip joint occurs when the head of the femur is displaced from the acetabular socket. This potentially debilitating injury is usually the result of a high-energy impact; although it is relatively uncommon in the arena of competitive sports, it is considered an orthopedic emergency and bears consideration in the setting of any lower extremity trauma.


The hip joint consists of the junction of the femur (thighbone) and the acetabulum (hip socket). The femoral head is round and fits very snugly in the acetabular cup. Because of ...

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