The hip will improve after initial treatment, and pain should subside. It is common, however, for a person to require crutches for a short time after treatment and to have a limp that continues for weeks. Complete healing of the hip and surrounding tissue can take two or three months. Your doctor may prescribe a strengthening program to strengthen muscles and ligaments around the hip and reduce the chance that the hip will become dislocated again.
A person with significant pain after a hip dislocation may have developed the complication avascular necrosis from injury to the hip's blood supply. Avascular necrosis may require surgery and can make the recovery period much longer.
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