Most people are not aware of how often they use their hip and pelvic area until they sustain an injury there. Working, walking, and even sitting can be impossible. Car accidents are one of the primary causes of pelvic and hip fractures, injuries that are not only extremely painful, but also cause decreased mobility and can be slow to heal.
If you are suffering from hip and/or pelvic pain after an auto accident, you will want to either go the emergency room or visit your family doctor for an examination. Your injuries could potentially be serious, and waiting too long for treatment could exacerbate your condition.
What types of hip and pelvic injuries are common in car accidents?
The hip, a ball-and-socket joint, provides bending movement to the upper leg and rotation of the pelvis. The hip and pelvic area can sustain various types of damage, such as a hip dislocation, upon impact in a car accident. A victim can sustain a hip dislocation in a car accident when the head of the thighbone is pushed out and back due to the force of the collision. The violent impact of a car accident can easily cause a dislocation.
Another injury that can occur in an accident is a pelvic fracture – particularly in accidents that occur at high speeds. Some pelvic fractures can be a very serious injury because they may result in significant bleeding and sensory or motor dysfunction.
Other common types of hip and pelvic injuries include the following.
- Hip fractures (generally in older victims)
- Sprains and strains in the hip area
- Bruising in the surrounding muscles
Note, dislocations and fractures require immediate medical attention because it is important that these injuries heal properly. If they bones are not set correctly, it can cause permanent disability. Additionally, since the pelvic area is where many vital internal organs are housed, it is important to identify, diagnosis, and treat any organs that may have sustained damage in that area; failure to do so could result in life-threatening complications.
How are hip and pelvic injuries treated?
If your doctor suspects that you have sustained a hip fracture, sprain, strain, or dislocation, she will likely refer you to an orthopedic doctor for further testing, a definite diagnosis, and treatment. Treatment options depend upon the nature and severity of the injury.
For instance, potential treatments for hip dislocations include the following.
- Assistance of a walker, crutches, or cane
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Realignment of the bones to place dislocated hip to normal position
- Full hip joint replacement
Potential treatment for pelvic fractures might include some of the above options, as well as prescription pain medications and surgery. Your doctor can advise you of what is appropriate for your condition.
Should I file a claim for hip and pelvic pain after an accident?
Yes and you should do so as soon as possible. If you have suffered a hip or pelvic injury in a car accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call our car accident lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC today to talk about options for financial recovery. Contact our office at 215-642-2335 and ask for a free case evaluation at your convenience.