Elbow Dislocation

An elbow is dislocated whenever the joint surfaces of an elbow are forced apart. Elbow dislocations can be complete in nature or partial in nature. A partial dislocation is called a subluxation. The force needed to cause an elbow dislocation can be enough to bring about a bone fracture at the same time. These two injuries often happen together.
Symptoms of Elbow Dislocation
• Severe pain in the elbow
• Indentations on the skin over the dislocation
• Swelling of the arm
• Loss of feeling in the hand
• Inability to bend the arm
Causes of Elbow Dislocation
Elbow dislocation usually occurs due to trauma. The most common form of trauma in an elbow dislocation is a fall on an outstretched hand. When the hand hits the ground, the force is applied through the forearm to the elbow. This action forces the elbow out of its socket, causing an elbow dislocation.
Treatment for Elbow Dislocation
Non-Surgical Treatment
The elbow can relocate by itself. This can happen in a subluxation but not in a complete dislocation. A doctor can do a manual reduction wherein the elbow can be put back in place by applying a quick motion to the forearm. Medication will be given to reduce the pain. Elbow ROM Orthosis can also be used to gradually improve the elbow motion.
Surgery
Surgery is usually needed to restore alignment and function if there has been severe damage to the bones and ligaments. The type of surgery is entirely dependent on the extent of the damage.
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