Elbow Dislocation is the second most common joint dislocation, common in children.
Dislocated elbow happens when bones of forearm (ulnar and radius) move out of place compared to bone of upper arm (humerus). Damage and tearing of surrounding connective tissues such as ligaments and muscles are involved.
What causes Elbow Dislocation?
– Fall from outstretched arm, height or contact sport
– Car accidents
Signs and Symptoms of Dislocated Elbow
– Extremely painful and unable to move or continue activity
– Very obvious deformed
– Partial elbow dislocation or subluxation are harder to detect as bone can relocate and joint appear fairly normal. May present with pain, bruises and swelling around elbow joint.
Treatment for Elbow Dislocation
The immediate treatment for elbow dislocation is to relocate the elbow to its normal alignment by doctor or orthopedics specialist. X- ray may be taken to ensure well alignment. Thereafter, elbow is kept immobile in a sling or splint.
Physiotherapy Rehabilitation for Elbow Dislocation
Once the elbow is relocated, patients may experience a feeling of weakness and stiffness in the elbow and an ache that may increase to a sharper pain with certain movements. Most of these symptoms generally resolve over time with immediate physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation.