What Is Joint Dislocation?
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.
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 at Penn
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.