Injuries to the hip, due to accidents (i.e. work accidents, auto accidents, slip and falls, and construction accidents), causing pain to the hip and the surrounding areas are commonly seen by Dr. Jeff J. Mollins, Brookyn’s most popular accident doctor. Dr. Mollins has been practicing for almost 30 years, diagnosing, treating, and documenting injuries sustained by patients involved in accidents. Not only can hip pain be the result of a traumatic accident, but it can also result from repetitive stress. In either case, hip pain must be diagnosed and treated as expeditiously as possible to prevent this condition from becoming dire and possibly disabling.
The hip is a ball and socket joint that allows you to move and provides the stability needed to bear the weight of your body. The “ball” part of your hip is located at the top of your femur or the thigh bone, and the “socket” is the cup in your pelvis called the acetabulum.
The following injuries (causing hip pain) can be a direct result of an accident!
- Sprains and Strains: Involve a stretched or torn ligament, which are tissues that connect two bones at the hip. Symptoms include soreness, bruising, burning, stabbing, throbbing, aching, swelling and stiffness, and being unable to move your hip. You may feel a pop or tear when the injury happens.
- Dislocations: These are joint injuries that cause the bones of the joint to go out of position. In the case of a hip dislocation, it’s when the “ball” is forced out of the “socket” resulting in a great deal of pain and immobility.
- Fractures: This is a physical break in the bone usually caused by a traumatic accident. Fractures of the hip area include femur shaft fractures and pelvic fractures.
- Bursitis: This occurs when one of the natural small fluid-filled sacs around the hip area becomes inflamed and painful. This is usually caused by overuse of a joint muscle (repetitive motion – i.e. a person working in a factory). It can also be caused by injury as well.
- Avascular necrosis: This occurs in the head of the femur when the blood supply is interrupted by a fracture or other injury. Typically avascular necrosis is a result of serious trauma (commonly seen in high velocity accidents).
- Burning thigh pain: This can be experienced on the outer side of the thigh on one side of the body. This injury is usually a result of injury causing compression (often this compression is one of the discs located in the lower spine) to one of the large nerves to your leg (Sciatica).
Always remember, if you sustain hip pain (or any other pain) as a result of an accident, contact Dr. Mollins immediately. Dr. Mollins will take a concise history, perform a comprehensive physical examination, obtain an accurate working diagnosis, and begin a regiment of treatments so that you can achieve wellness as expeditiously as possible.
Remember, Dr. Mollins and his group of referred doctors are all certified by New York State to provide care to all injured workers at no cost. If you are hurt at work, you can be compensated for your lost wages (if unable to work). When (and if) you return to work, you may still receive treatment at no cost. Repetitive stress injuries that occur on the job, are also deemed as work related and fall under the guidelines of workers compensation. Therefore, if you suffer a repetitive stress injury from work you can still be treated at no cost.