Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Orthopedic Teaching

Pelvis/Hip Case 3 Pearl

Posterior Hip Dislocation


Clinical Pearl

Prosthetic hips can dislocate with minimal trauma. Suspect prosthetic hip dislocation when there is sudden pain and inability to walk even without a traumatic mechanism. Native hip dislocations, however, require substantial force and are often associated with multisystem trauma.