Elbow Dislocation

Editor: Dr. Amy Spencer, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CSCS, CKTP - A Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Certified Manual Therapist. Owner and Physical Therapist, Specialized Physical Therapy in North Reading, MA.

The elbow is dislocated if the joint surfaces of your elbow separate. An elbow dislocation can be a complete of partial dislocation. The joint surfaces are completely separated in a complete dislocation, but only partially separated in a partial dislocation. If you have a complete dislocation, your elbow joint will need Specialized Physical Therapy Elbow Dislocationto be reset and aligned. Elbow dislocations are the second most common dislocated joint in your body.

Symptoms of Elbow Dislocation:

If you dislocate your elbow, you will experience intense pain and a noticeable deformity. The dislocation in your elbow will stop blood flow to your hand and resulting in an immediate loss of feeling or mobility in your hand and forearm.

Causes of Elbow Dislocation:

Falling and landing on an outstretched or extended arm can cause your elbow to dislocate. Car accidents and rough contact sports can result in elbow dislocation.

Treatment of Elbow Dislocation:

The first step is to reset the dislocation and immobilize it until it heals. Physical therapy will necessary to restore full range of motion and arm strength once the dislocation has healed. There will be stiffness is your shoulder, elbow, wrist, and fingers because of the lack of movement. Physical therapy loosens the joint and increases blood flow. Manual therapy like neck, shoulder, arm, and wrist massages will also improve circulation and mobility. Another form of physical therapy that is quite effective is modalities like heat, ice, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation. These are used to decrease swelling and pain in your forearm, elbow, wrist, hand, or shoulder. A physical therapist will also recommend specific exercises to improve your arm strength and regain full mobility.

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