Joint dislocations are often the result of an accident and so are not always preventable. However, using correct techniques when exercising or playing sports, and maintaining strength and flexibility of joints, may go some way towards preventing further dislocations. For example, finger dislocations can be prevented by wearing protective gloves when possible and removing jewelry before participating in athletic events. If loose ligaments or anatomical factors are predisposing to dislocation, the joint can be protected by elastic bandage wraps, tape wraps, knee and shoulder pads, or special support stockings when exercising or playing sports. Older patients should be advised to avoid falling onto an outstretched arm and to keep away from situations that would make falls more common, such as walking at night, in icy conditions, or on slippery floors.