What is it?

A dislocation is a separation of two bones where they meet at a joint. This injury can be very painful and can temporarily deform and immobilize the joint. The most common locations for a dislocation are shoulders and fingers, but can also occur in elbows, knees and hips. The cause is often a fall or a blow, sometimes from playing a contact sport.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Joint Dislocation

Signs & symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a dislocation include:
* Joint is visibly deformed or out of place
* Numbness or tingling at the joint
* Swollen or discolored
* Limited ability to move
* Intense pain


Treatment of a dislocation depends on the location of the joint and the severity of the injury.
Initial treatment for a dislocation involves rest, ice, compression and elevation. Sometimes, the dislocated joint might go back into place naturally after this treatment. If this does not occur, there are a number of treatments your doctor may use, including:
* Repositioning- the doctor may try to reposition the joint back into place. You may be given sedative or anesthetic to remain comfortable and to allow the muscles near your joint to relax.
* Immobilization- If the doctor was able to reposition your bones, you will then likely need to weather a splint or sling for several weeks to immobilize the joint.
* Surgery- Surgery may be required to move the dislocated bones back into the correct positions if nearby blood vessels, nerves or ligaments have been damaged. Surgery may be an option if you've had multiple dislocations, especially in the shoulder.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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