People who end up in car wrecks often suffer pain and discomfort for weeks and months in various parts of their bodies. The hip is no exception. Injured motorists may ask ‘why does my hip hurt after a car accident in Maryland?’

Many injuries can cause hip pain. You should get your symptoms evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible after the incident. Some hip injuries like fractures and dislocations require immediate medical intervention. Others can cause niggling pain over months, even if they are non-life-threatening. It’s important to get on a treatment plan and to provide the details to your Maryland injury lawyer. At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, our Baltimore car accident lawyers will make a powerful case for compensation for your hip injury in Maryland.

Why Does My Hip Hurt After a Car Crash?

Although many hip complications sustained in car accidents heal quickly, accident-related injuries are notoriously unpredictable. Baltimore personal injury lawyer Randolph Rice lists below some common hip injuries sustained in a car wreck.

Fractured Hip

When massive forces are involved, the hip can break. This is not a common bone fracture from a car crash like a broken collar bone or a wrist. Sometimes the victim’s knees hitting the front of the dash can cause a broken hip.

The hipbone is made up of three sections, the ilium (crest of the pelvis), the pubis (lower part of the hip bone), and the ischium (a bone that helps form the hip). A fracture or break can occur in any of the three sections, depending upon the angle and force of the trauma.

Hip fractures are more likely to occur in elderly people. Typically, you will experience considerable pain in your hip or groin. Some people who suffer hip fractures are unable to walk, states MedMD.  However, others report more indistinct pain in the butt, hips, groin or back.

Acetabular Fracture

An acetabular fracture is a break of the bone in the socket portion of the “ball-and-socket” hip joint. These hip socket fractures are uncommon and are usually caused by a high-impact event like a car crash or a fall from height.

An acetabular fracture is a very serious injury requiring immediate medical intervention by a specialist. Major blood vessels, nerves, and parts of the bowel, bladder, and reproductive organs are close to the pelvis. They can sustain damage from an injury to the acetabulum.

Bursitis

Bursitis is a fairly common condition that can cause pain and discomfort after a car accident-related hip injury in Maryland.

After sustaining an injury to the hip, injured parties may experience painful inflammation of the bursae. Symptoms of bursitis also include swelling, tenderness or loss of movement.

The body contains over 150 bursae. They lubricate and cushion points between the bones, tendons, and muscles near the joints. Bursitis is an inflammation or degeneration of the sac-like structures. Bursitis makes movement or pressure painful. This condition may be one of the causes of pain after a hip injury from a car wreck. Although the buttocks and hip area is a common location for bursitis, it can occur elsewhere in the body.

Dislocated Hip

A dislocated hip is a serious injury that occurs when the ball of the hip joint is pushed out of the socket by the force of a car wreck. The hip comprises a ball-and-socket joint. The socket is formed by the acetabulum, which is part of the large pelvis bone. The ball is called the femoral head, which is the upper end of the thighbone or femur.

When a hip dislocation occurs after a car wreck, the femoral head is pushed either forward or backward out of the socket. In about 90% of hip dislocation cases, the thighbone is pushed out of the socket in a backward direction. This is called a posterior dislocation.

An anterior dislocation is rarer. This occurs when the thighbone slips out of its socket in a forward direction.

Hip dislocations are very painful. Car accident victims are typically unable to move their legs. They often lose feeling in the foot or ankle area if they sustain nerve damage. The dislocation of the hip can cause damage to the ligaments, muscles, nerves, and other soft tissues holding the bones in place. Seek medical attention immediately if you dislocate your hip.

Hip Sprains or Strains

Stains of the hips or ligament sprains are common injuries after a car accident. Although these injuries are far less serious than a fracture or a dislocated hip, you should still seek medical attention as soon as possible. Tears range from minor to severe, states OrthoInfo. People who suffer hip sprains and strains often suffer swelling, pain, inflammation, and a reduced range of motion. If you fail to get the immediate attention you could suffer reduced mobility in the long-term. The insurance company of the driver who caused the accident is unlikely to cover medical costs incurred because you failed to address a hip sprain or strain.

Tendonitis

Tendonitis is usually linked to overuse of the hip or repetitive motions. Tendonitis or tendinitis impacts the tissue connecting the muscle to the bone. Car accident victims often suffer pain in the tendon and loss of motion.

How Long Will My Hip Hurt After a Car Accident in Maryland?

Although most hip injuries clear up, people may suffer long-term effects from a car accident in Maryland. One potential danger after a hip injury is the onset of traumatic arthritis. In certain cases, traumatic arthritis can cause terrible hip pain and a reduction in movement. You may even need hip replacement surgery. When you settle a car accident claim you may not know what the future holds. A lawyer can call in medical experts to highlight possible complications from your hip injury. 

Some people suffer a permanent loss or reduction in mobility after a car wreck. Intensive physical therapy is often necessary to get your hip back to the way it was before an accident. All of these medical treatments are very costly. You deserve to be compensated by the at-fault driver’s policy.

Talk to a Baltimore Car Accident Hip Injury Lawyer Today

At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, our experienced personal injury lawyer has helped many people who suffered hip pain, discomfort, and a range of hip conditions caused by a Maryland car accident. We know what you are going through and how to get what you need to help you recover. Please call us today for a free consultation at 410-431-0911.