- This is a complete separation of 2 articulating bony surfaces, often caused by a sudden impact to the joint.
- Although any joint may become dislocated, common sites include the shoulder, finger, patella, and elbow.
- X-rays are usually taken to confirm a diagnosis and detect any fractures that may have concomitantly occurred at the time of dislocation.
- Treatment is usually closed reduction, as soon as possible, to decrease potential complications, which may include soft tissue injury, articular surface injury, and neurovascular compromise.
Last updated: Jan 02, 2013