|The Elbow Joint|
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- Instability in the structure of your elbow joint
- Previous injury or surgery to your elbow joint
- Playing sports
- Severe pain at the elbow with or without swelling
- Pain with movement
- Difficulty bending arm or moving forearm
- Abnormal appearance of the elbow
- Simple dislocation—No major bone injury.
- Complex dislocation—Fractures of the bone and damage to surrounding tissue such as ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels are likely.
- Restore proper alignment
- Repair damaged bones ligaments, blood vessels, or nerves
- Don’t put your arm out when you fall. If you can, turn your body, fall on your side, and roll.
- Wear protective equipment and use proper technique when playing sports.
- Keep your arm muscles strong with regular exercise.
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
Ortho Info— American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.org
Canadian Association of General Surgeons http://www.cags-accg.ca
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
Elbow dislocation. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Ortho Info website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00029. Updated October 2007. Accessed December 9, 2013.
Elbow dislocation. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 16, 2013. Accessed December 9, 2013.
Englert C, Zellner J, et al. Elbow dislocations: A review ranging from soft tissue injuries to complex elbow fracture dislocations. Adv Orthop. 2013. [Epub ahead of print].
- Reviewer: Teresa Briedwell PT, DPT
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
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