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Joint Dislocation

What is a Joint Dislocation?

A dislocated joint is a joint that slips out of place. It occurs when the ends of bones are forced from their normal positions. When a joint is dislocated, it no longer functions properly.

A severe dislocation can cause tearing of the muscles, ligaments and tendons that support the joint.

If you think someone has dislocated vertebrae due to a back or neck injury, don't move the person and call Emergency Personnel immediately!

Symptoms of a Joint Dislocation:

  • Swelling
  • Intense Pain
  • Immobility of the affected joint

What causes a Joint Dislocation?

The most common causes are a blow, fall, or other trauma to the joint. In some cases, dislocations are caused by a disease or a defective ligament. Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause joint dislocation.

How serious is a Joint Dislocation?

The seriousness depends on the location of the joint. Some joints heal faster than others.

Nursemaid's Elbow

Nursemaid's Elbow is a dislocation of the elbow. It usually occurs in children younger than 5 years old. It often occurs when an adult or another child pulls or jerks a child's arm. Symptoms of nursemaid's elbow are: pain and limited mobility in the elbow. When the bones are returned to their normal place, the pain decreases.

Treatment options for a Joint Dislocation

For proper treatment, joint dislocations should be examined by a doctor. Dislocations need treatment ASAP. Common treatment options are:

  • Medication to reduce the pain and swelling
  • Surgery may be needed to repair or tighten stretched ligaments

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