• MEDICAL CONDITION
Joint dislocation

Joint dislocation

Synonyms: Dislocation, Luxation

DESCRIPTION

A dislocation is a separation of two bones where they meet at a joint. Joints are areas where two bones come together.

A dislocated bone is no longer in its normal position.

It may be hard to tell a dislocated bone from a broken bone. Both are an emergency. You will need the same first aid treatment.

Most dislocations can be treated in a doctor's office or emergency room. You may be given medicine to make you sleepy and to numb the area. Sometimes, general anesthesia in the operating room is needed.

When treated early, most dislocations will not result in permanent injury.

Once a joint has been dislocated, it is more likely to happen again. Follow-up with an orthopedic surgeon is recommended after a dislocation.

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