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Joint Dislocation - Medical Malpractice Lawyer

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Joint Dislocation - Overview

A joint dislocation is an injury at the point where two bones are coming together. In a dislocation, one or more bones are forced out of their normal position. The injury deforms the joint on a temporary basis, until it is pushed back into its regular position.

It is possible for dislocations to occur in any one of the following joints including the shoulder joint, elbow, knee, ankle, fingers, toes and thumbs. Dislocations are relatively dangerous so you need to seek immediate attention so the joint itself doesn’t swell or make it difficult to put back into place again. If returned to normal, the joint can feel normal and will not dislocate again.

Symptoms of a dislocated joint include the following:

When you’re waiting for medical care, you should do the following:

There are several causes of a joint dislocation, including:

What are the risk factors for a dislocation? They include being at risk for falls. If you have had a dislocation in the past, you are at risk for a dislocation in the future of the same joint. Elderly people tend to be at a greater risk for falls. There are people who are genetically prone to having loose ligaments, who also have a greater chance of getting a dislocation.

People who play sports are at a greater risk for dislocation, regardless of the sport. Motorcycle and motor vehicle crashes are common causes of hip dislocations, especially if you fail to use a seat belt.

There are complications of joint dislocations that include:

Surgery might be necessary to repair any ligament, muscle or tendon that was torn during the injury.

The dislocation needs to be diagnosed by those measures greater than a physical assessment. Doctors may use an x-ray, which will show the bones being dislocated. Fractures may be seen on MRI scan as well and will show the soft tissue damage that has occurred because of the dislocation.

Treatment for a dislocation begins with a rapid reduction of the joint. It should be done as quickly as possible to avoid secondary swelling. It can be done with no anesthesia, local anesthesia or general anesthesia. In some cases, a sedative can be done to relax the muscles around the joint and to cause amnesia of the event. After that, there is immobilization of the joint so that it cannot happen again. A sling or splint can be used for several weeks to allow things to heal. After the sling or splint is removed, you can participate in physical therapy for rehabilitation of the joint.

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here