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Dislocations including elbow, shoulder, patella, knee

What is a dislocation?

A dislocation is a painful injury to a joint where the ends of your bones are forced out of their normal positions. Dislocations can occur at any joint although some areas are at higher risk than others. There are two types of dislocation – a full dislocation that requires aid to return to normal position, and a subluxation, where the joint separates for a moment before returning to its appropriate place. When a dislocation occurs, damage is done to the soft tissue structures surrounding the joint, either there is a tear or there is a sprain/strain. Proper management of a dislocation is crucial to reduce the risk of it happening again.

What causes dislocations to occur?

  • Direct blow
  • Fall
  • Increased torque

What are symptoms of a dislocation?

  • Intense pain
  • Immovable
  • Visible deformity
  • Swollen or discolored

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