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Dislocations and Treatment

Dislocations involve the disruption of a joint (the junction between two bones) and commonly happen in the extremities, including shoulders, knees, elbows, fingers and toes.

Dislocations are usually caused by trauma, making them a common sports injury.

Symptoms of dislocation include:

  • Deformity of an extremity or joint
  • Limited or complete inability to move a joint
  • Pain and swelling in a joint

Treatment & Care for Dislocations

All dislocations should be immobilized and addressed by a medical professional immediately. The dislocation must be treated right away and, many times, may be treated without surgery; however, severe or recurrent dislocations may need surgical intervention. Follow-up with a trained orthopedic surgeon is recommended for these injuries. 

Physical therapy is often a crucial part of the recovery process after dislocation, especially among athletes. With correct treatment, the affected joint can typically be healed in three to six weeks.

The Orthopedic Program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center has highly trained specialists dedicated to helping you diagnose and treat your injury. Our staff is committed to fully treating each patient’s unique needs and ensuring them an effective and speedy recovery.

Contact Us

Contact one of our orthopedic specialists today for treatment options related to dislocation. For other questions, call our orthopedic services coordinator at 770-219-8244.

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