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What is a Dislocation?

Description of the disease:

A dislocation is a condition in which a bone is forced out of its joint. This can occur due to injury, excessive force, or a congenital defect.


Dislocations are classified depending on which joint the dislocation occurs in. For example, dislocations of the shoulder, elbow, ankle, and so on can be distinguished.


Symptoms of dislocation include severe pain, swelling, limited range of motion in the joint, and sometimes deformity may be visible.


Causes of dislocation may include injury, falls, sports injuries, ligament weakness, and congenital joint anomalies.


Diagnosis of a dislocation involves X-rays, and sometimes MRI or CT scans may be required for a more accurate determination of the bone's position.


Treatment of a dislocation involves the repositioning of the bone, but in some cases surgical intervention may be necessary.


Prevention of dislocations involves strengthening muscles and ligaments, avoiding risky activities, but in the case of congenital anomalies prevention is more difficult.


Dislocations are treated by an orthopedic surgeon.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.