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What Is An Elbow Dislocation?
Physicians define dislocation as when the surfaces of any joint separate from each other. Elbow dislocations usually occur after a traumatic impact, such as an automobile accident or heavy fall rather than simple overuse. In the case of a total dislocation, the joint surfaces completely separate from each other, as opposed to a partial dislocation, in which the joint only partly separates (Subluxation).
During an elbow dislocation, the bones of the forearm (radius and ulna) become separated from the humerus (upper arm bone), causing the joint to become disrupted. This displacement can result in visible deformity, with the elbow appearing misaligned or out of place.
Symptoms Of An Elbow Dislocation
Symptoms of an elbow dislocation may include severe pain, swelling, limited range of motion, and difficulty using the affected arm. The injury may also cause nerve or blood vessel damage, which can result in additional symptoms like numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in the hand or fingers.
Immediate medical attention is necessary for an elbow dislocation. A healthcare professional will carefully manipulate the bones back into their correct position through a process called reduction. This procedure may be performed with or without anesthesia, depending on the severity of the injury.
Rest and Recovery
Following reduction, the elbow will be immobilized with a splint, cast, or brace to allow for healing and stabilization. Rehabilitation and physical therapy exercises are typically prescribed to restore strength, flexibility, and function to the joint.
While the recovery process can be challenging, most individuals with an elbow dislocation can regain normal function with proper treatment and rehabilitation. It’s important to follow the healthcare professional’s instructions and attend follow-up appointments to monitor progress and ensure proper healing.