A dislocation refers to a joint injury in which the ends of two or more bones forcefully disconnect from their natural positions. This injury temporarily and painfully deforms and immobilizes the joint.

The most common joint dislocations include the shoulders and fingers, though other joints such as the elbows, knees and hips may all suffer dislocation. If you suspect you have dislocated a joint, seek immediate medical intervention in order to return your bones to the proper places.

When properly treated, most dislocated joints regain their normal function after a couple weeks spent resting and rehabilitating. However, some joints, such as the shoulder, may suffer an increased risk of dislocation moving forward.