In the state of New York, an average of 136,913 people visit the emergency department every year after being injured in a motor vehicle accident. Of those, 12,093 are hospitalized.
Most of us are familiar with common accident injuries like whiplash, concussions, and broken bones. But did you know that even though we’re seated while riding in a car, many people also injure their hips in a collision?
Lots of our readers are asking, “Why does my hip keep popping when walking after an accident?” If you’ve started to experience hip popping and experience pain when walking after a recent car accident, read on to find out some possible reasons and how to treat the problem.
Have you noticed a snapping or popping sensation when walking or moving your hip? If so, you may have injured one of the ligaments or tendons that hold your hip in place.
Snapping hip syndrome happens when the connective tissue bands in your hip catch on your femur as they move. It occurs most often in athletic overuse injuries, but can also be triggered by damage from a car crash.
The popping could also be due to other types of connective tissue damage, like partial tears or overstretching, from a hip sprain or strain. Unless the damage is severe, you can treat sprains and snapping hip syndrome without surgery.
Moderate pain and inflammation that linger in your hip can be a sign of bursitis or other soft tissue damage. Bursitis occurs when the fluid-filled cushion sacs in your hip, known as bursae, get irritated and inflamed. You’ll feel an aching sensation in your hip and thigh that gets worse when you walk around.
Sprains and strains can also cause moderate pain and swelling, so you’ll need to get a physical exam to identify the cause.
If you are in severe pain and can’t move or put any weight on your leg after an accident, it’s a sign of a serious hip injury.
Hip fractures and dislocations are most common in people who have injured their hips before or have a condition like osteoarthritis. Even so, young and healthy people can still experience serious hip damage in a crash.
You can often treat a minor fracture or partial dislocation with physical therapy. But if there was a serious break or connective tissue damage, you may need surgery.
If the impact was severe enough, you may have a combined fracture-dislocation. A complete break can leave you with dislodged bone fragments from your pelvis and/or femur. This type of injury can’t heal on its own, so it requires surgical intervention and rehabilitation afterward.
Even if your post-collision hip popping and pain when walking seem minor at first, it can get worse over time if you wait for it to go away on its own. That’s why it’s so important to see a qualified accident injury doctor right away.
Call 1-800-897-8440 if you’re injured in a New York car crash, or fill out the form below request an appointment today. Our experienced auto accident physicians can help you heal and get back to living your life as soon as possible.
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