What is it?

A dislocation is an injury to a joint, which temporarily deforms and immobilizes the joints. It is seen commonly in the shoulder and fingers joints, but may occur in different sites of the body such as the vertebras. It may occur as a result of trauma in contact sports, falls, and accidents. Complication of dislocated joints include tearing of the muscles, ligaments and tendons, nerve and blood vessel damage, susceptibility to reinjury and arthritis.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Closed Cervical Vertebra Dislocation
- Open Thoracic Vertebra Dislocations
- Open Dislocation of Sacrum
- Open Lumbar Vertebra Dislocations
- Closed Dislocation of Sacrum
- Open Cervical Vertebra Dislocation
- Closed Dislocation of Coccyx
- Closed Thoracic Vertebra Dislocations
- Open Sternum Dislocation
- Closed Sternum Dislocation
- Closed Lumbar Vertebra Dislocations
- Open Dislocation of Coccyx

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include visibly deformed or out of place joints, it can be swollen, discolored, painful and immobile.


Dislocations are diagnosed on a physical examination followed by an X-ray, CT scan or MRI.


Treatment may include reduction to bring back the bones into their position, immobilization, and rehabilitation. Reduction and immobilization are sometimes done in a surgery.

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

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