Last Updated on Sep 20, 2013

 About Dislocation

  • An injury which forces bones out of their sockets
  • Dislocation is a common sports injury
  • It temporarily deforms or immobilizes the joint


  • Usually caused by a trauma like a fall/blow
  • Rheumatoid arthritis also causes dislocation

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Difficulty to move injured part
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration

  • Call medical help as soon as possible
  • Do not move the joint or try to place it back
  • Place ice to control swelling 
  • If skin is cut, clean gently and bandage with sterile gauze
  • Sling or splint the injury in its original position
  • If injury is serious, check for breathing
  • If not breathing, provide Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
    Elevate the feet up to 12 inches
  • Cover the patient with a blanket
  • Wear protective gear while sporting
  • Make home environment safe 
  • Teach safe habits to children
  • Do not stand on chairs or other unstable objects
  • Exercise care while using bath oils
  • Make use of hand rails while using the stairs

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Stormynight21, United States

My mom and I got into a car wreck awhile ago. I broke my clavicle and she broke her foot. I was put into a sling for about 2-6 months and my mom had a boot on her foot as well for a longer period of time. She also broke her pinky finger but they couldn't do surgery on it because of it being so fragile.

joan21, United Kingdom

I already have a hip replacement on the right hand side, I am having problems with the left hand side now, and am informed by the orthopaedic surgeon that it needs to be replaced. My problem is that I was born [78 years ago] partial closed spina bifida, and the left hand side of my whole body is different to the right hand side. I am informed that this operation will be slightly more complicated than the right hand side, as I have very little muscle on the let hand side, and I am now wondering if I have made the right decision to have this operation.

sushmitha, India

very very good job