What to Do If You Have A Dislocated Joint

A dislocation occurs when two bones slip out of the joint that connects them together. They are typically caused by hard impacts like falling or the ones that occur during contact sports.

Signs and Symptoms

If you have a joint out of place you may experience swelling, bruising, redness, pain, and difficulty moving the area. In some cases, you’ll be able to see the deformity of the bone.

What to Do If You Have A Dislocated Joint

If you suspect you or someone around you has a dislocation you should seek medical attention right away.  Come see the San Jose Orthopedic Center, call 911, or visit your nearest emergency medical center.

In the meantime, leave the joint alone. Attempting to move a dislocation back in can place can damage blood vessels, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. To reduce swelling and ease pain place a cloth-covered ice pack over the area.

After a day or two, once the swelling has gone down you can apply heat to the area to help with pain reduction. If needed you can take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain.

Treating Your Dislocated Joint

The doctors of San Jose Orthopedic Center always try to use a conservative, non-invasive approach to orthopedic care. Typically, we can manually realign your dislocation and given some time to heal it will be fine.  However, in cases, you may need surgery, for example, when ligaments have been damaged.

No matter what your treatment requires, it’s our priority to deliver dependable results and surpass your expectations. If you need an orthopedic doctor in the San Jose area contact our office today.

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