Dislocations

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dislocations are joint injuries that force the ends of your bones out of position. The cause is often a fall or a blow, sometimes from playing a contact sport. Dr. Edward Hill talks about dislocations in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A dislocation is an injury to a joint a place where two or more of your bones come together in which the ends of your bones are forced from their normal positions. This painful injury temporarily deforms and immobilizes your joint.

Dislocation is most common in the shoulders and fingers. Other sites for dislocations include the elbows, knees and hips.

A dislocated joint may be:

Visibly deformed or out of place

Swollen or discolored

Intensely painful, or

Immovable

You may also experience tingling or numbness near or below the injury.

It can be difficult to tell a broken bone from a dislocated bone. If you or your child appears to have either type of injury, get medical help right away. If possible, ice the joint and keep it immobile while youre waiting for medical treatment.

When treated properly, most dislocations return to normal function after several weeks of rest and rehabilitation. However, some joints, such as your shoulder, may have an increased risk of repeat dislocation.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.