Even if you are seated and buckled in, your hips and pelvis can suffer from a variety of injuries in an automobile accident. Whether it’s from a direct impact or from the force of an accident that jerks your body around, if your hips or pelvis are in pain after an accident, you should visit a medical professional for an examination and treatment.
Take a look at the list here to learn more about the kinds of hip and pelvic pain that can develop as a result of an automobile accident.
Common hip and pelvic injuries from auto accidents
- Bursitis — Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursae that can occur in your hips and pelvis. Bursae are small sacs of fluid that rest between the tendons and bones in your joints. An automobile accident can stress the bursae enough that they become inflamed, which is very painful and limits the mobility of your hips and pelvis.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendons that can affect the tendons in your hips and pelvis. It’s usually a slow developing condition that occurs from frequent use of the hips for physically demanding activities. However, a traumatic event like a car accident can cause tendinitis to develop more suddenly. When this happens, it can be painful and challenging to move your legs.
- Dislocation — In an automobile accident, drivers and passengers often plant their feet to brace themselves for impact. Because of this, the force from an impact can travel through the legs and force an injury like a hip joint dislocation. What this means is the ball of the joint has popped out of the socket. This is very painful and renders the use of your hip joint impossible until the ball is placed back into the socket. Even still, you may have pain and residual effects afterward.
- Torn labrum — The labrum is a tough ring of tissue that surrounds the socket of each hip joint. Its job is to help hold in the ball of the joint. When the join dislocates or is the brunt of an impact, the labrum can tear. This is painful and creates instability in your hip joint.
- Fracture — Dislocations or a direct impact can also cause the hip and pelvic bones to fracture. Fractures are quite painful and limit the use of your hips and pelvis until the injured bones heal.
Visit the Florida Spine and Joint Institute today for hip and pelvic pain treatment
Are you experiencing hip or pelvic pain after an automobile accident? Our orthopedic specialists at the Florida Spine and Joint Institute can examine your hips to identify any signs of injury and develop a treatment to help you recover. Contact us today for more information about hip and pelvic pain or to schedule an initial appointment.