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Dislocation

Dislocation

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Dislocation is a medical condition that occurs when a bone is forced out of its normal position in a joint. This can cause pain, swelling, instability, and difficulty moving the affected area. Dislocations can occur in any joint but are most common in the shoulder, elbow, and fingers.

The most common cause of dislocation is trauma, such as a fall or a direct blow to the joint. Other causes include sports injuries, congenital joint laxity, and medical conditions such as arthritis or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

When a dislocation occurs, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. The doctor will assess the injury and may order imaging tests such as X-rays or an MRI to determine the extent of the damage.

Treatment may include immobilization of the joint, pain medication, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery to realign the bones. Following the doctor’s instructions is important to ensure a successful recovery. This may include rest and avoiding activities that stress the affected joint. In addition, physical therapy is often recommended to help restore strength and range of motion.

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References

  • Dislocation. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/dislocation-topic-overview
  • Dislocations: Overview. (2021). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dislocations/symptoms-causes/syc-20371641