Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dislocated Hip Evaluation

The evaluation of a hip dislocation requires a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with a hip dislocation include:

  • Abnormal position of the leg
    • Abnormal rotation of the hip
    • Leg shortening
  • Inability to move the hip
  • Pain on hip movement

Tests are required to confirm the diagnosis of a hip dislocation.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a hip dislocation include:

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Dislocated Hip References
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