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.

35 Alikes with Multiple & Ill-Defined Dislocations

Learn from others
who are experiencing
Multiple & Ill-Defined Dislocations.

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.

Learn more about our editorial process for content accuracy.

Frequently asked questions
Can physical therapy help with multiple and ill-defined dislocations?
Can protective gear help prevent multiple and ill-defined dislocations in sports?
Can surgery be a treatment option for multiple and ill-defined dislocations?
Does having one joint dislocation increase the risk of future dislocations?

☝ The content of this answer is based solely on historical posts and comments generated by users on Alike. This tool is not a substitute for professional medical advice, and you should always consult with your physicians before making any changes to your medical care or treatment plan.

Alike Wisdom

Instantly get answers to medical questions with our AI, built from the collective wisdom of our community facing similar experiences

Thank you! Your submission has been received!

Find people who are
experiencing a similar
medical reality

100% Free