Hip Joint Dislocation
The signs of a hip-joint dislocation are shortening of the limb, loss of motion, pain, and the turning of the toes in toward the opposite foot. You will be able to distinguish it from a fracture of the thigh by the absence of crepitation (which I have described as the slight grating sound made by the broken ends of the bone rubbing together), and the fact that in a fracture the toes are generally turned out.
A friend of mine once reduced his own hip-joint dislocation in a manner that may prove instructive. He was coming down the steep side of a mountain in winter on knees. Halfway down the hill, while he was traveling at a great rate of speed, he ran into a depression, breaking his knee and dislocating his hip. It was many miles to the nearest cabin, night was coming on, and it was bitterly cold. Death stared him in the face. It was a time for the exercise of judgment if ever in his life.
He crept down to a grove of small pines, selected two that were just a little farther apart than the length of his body, lashed the foot of the injured limb to one with his pack strap, lay at full length on the snow, and clasped the other with his arms. Pulling with all his might, he had the satisfaction of hearing the bone jolt back into its socket. The idea suggested will enable the reader to modify the method to suit each individual case.
Moody, Charles Stuart. Backwoods Surgery & Medicine. New York: Outing Pub., 1916. Print.
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