Granite Orthopaedics

Dislocations (Shoulder, Jaw, Elbow, Finger)

Joint Health

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A joint is the place where your bones come together. Normally, bones glide smoothly within your joints, allowing a wide range of motion. But a bone can be pushed or pulled out of position. This is known as a dislocation. Dislocation prevents normal joint movement and can be very painful. Prompt treatment is crucial.

An X-ray of a dislocated shoulder joint.

Causes of Dislocations

Dislocations can happen to almost any joint. But they’re most common in the shoulder, jaw, elbow, and finger. Dislocated elbows occur most often in children. Many dislocations result from trauma, such as a blow or fall. But some can happen during normal activities. You can dislocate your jaw just by yawning or laughing. And a shoulder can dislocate during the act of throwing a ball.

When to Go to the Emergency Room (ER)

A dislocation needs emergency care. Injuries that aren`t treated promptly take longer to heal and may result in lasting damage to the joint. Seek medical help right away if you:

To help reduce swelling and pain due to a dislocation:

What to Expect in the ER