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Joint Dislocations

(Shoulder, Elbow, Knee & Hip)

What is a Joint Dislocation?

A Joint Dislocation occurs when one or more of the bones within a joint is pushed forcefully out of its correct anatomical position and is common in the shoulder, elbow hip or knee.  Most Joint Dislocations are caused by either an accident or a direct blow to the joint. It is important to seek immediate medical attention after a dislocation occurs as other trauma to the joint, ligaments or soft tissue may also have occurred.  Attempting to relocate the joint yourself is dangerous and should not be attempted.

If you have a Joint Dislocation the symptoms can include:

  • Pain in the joint
  • A visible deformity in the joint
  • Reduced mobility of the joint
  • Numbness or tingling around the joint

The Board Certified Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at OSS Health have helped thousands of patients with joint dislocations return to an active and healthy lifestyle using a variety of treatment options.

How is a Joint Dislocation Treated at OSS Health?

Almost all Joint Dislocations do not require surgery but do require the joint to be placed back into the correct position (reduction).  At OSS Health, our Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialists will use gentle maneuvers to place the joint back into the correct position as well as examine if any tendon, ligament or tissue damage has occurred. Physical Therapy may also be required to strengthen the joint.

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