Overview of Dislocated Joint
A dislocation occurs when extreme force is put on a ligament, allowing the ends of two connected bones to separate.
Dislocated Joint Treatment
All dislocations require immediate medical attention because fractures can also occur with dislocations. Some dislocations may go back into place by themselves. However, for those dislocations that do not go back into place, you will need treatment to place the joint back into its proper position so it will heal.
Treatment plans for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of dislocation and personal preferences. Options may include:
- R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression and elevation)
- Splint or cast