Glossary >


This is some text inside of a div block.

Dislocation is a medical term used to describe the displacement of a bone from its normal position within a joint. It is a common injury that can occur due to trauma or injury, such as a fall, sports injury, or car accident.

Dislocations can occur in any joint in the body, but the most commonly affected joints are the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee. Symptoms of a dislocation can include severe pain, swelling, deformity, and difficulty moving the affected joint.

Immediate medical attention is necessary to reduce the dislocation and to prevent further damage to the surrounding tissues. Treatment for a dislocation may include:

  1. Reduction: This involves returning the bone to its normal position within the joint. This should only be performed by a medical professional, as improper reduction can cause further damage.
  2. Immobilization: After the dislocation is reduced, the affected joint may be immobilized with a cast, splint, or sling to prevent further injury and to allow the joint to heal.
  3. Pain relief: Pain medication may be prescribed to help manage pain.
  4. Rehabilitation: After the joint has healed, physical therapy may be necessary to restore strength, flexibility, and range of motion to the affected joint.

Complications of a dislocation can include nerve or blood vessel damage, and in some cases, the development of arthritis in the affected joint. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention promptly if you suspect that you have a dislocated joint.

a group training in cpr/bls
CPR AED and First Aid Certification. Get certified Now with the latest AHA guidelines.
Takes less than 20 minutes. learn more


  • Dislocation. (2020). Retrieved from
  • Dislocations: Overview. (2021). Retrieved from