Also known as: joint dislocation
What are dislocations?
When a joint in the body is injured in such a way that the bones are forced out of position, this is known as a dislocation. They can occur anywhere from the shoulder to the knee, and even the fingers and toes.
What causes dislocations?
An injury or accident that causes a sudden impact to the joint is the cause of a dislocation.
What are the symptoms of dislocations?
Severe pain, numbness, tingling, swelling, bruising and difficulty with movements are telltale signs of a dislocation. Sometimes, it’s clearly visible that the joints are out of alignment or misshapen.
What are dislocation care options?
In most cases, the doctor can reduce the bones back into position. A splint or sling might be needed to limit movement afterward until the joint heals. More severe dislocations might require surgery
Reviewed by: Craig Spurdle, MD
This page was last updated on: 11/21/2017 4:00:49 PM
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