A joint is the area where two bones come together. Joints play an important role in the body’s ability to function at optimal levels. A dislocated joint injury refers to a situation where the bones are forced out of normal position due to some type of twisting, moving, or strong impact. These injuries may occur during a variety of different sports activities, slip and falls, and motor vehicle collisions.
The joints most commonly injured are as follows:
Adults most frequently suffered from dislocated joint damage in their shoulders. Children, on the other hand, often suffer from an elbow dislocated joint injury. Regardless of what region of the body is harmed, all accident victims must seek medical care immediately following an injury. A physician will be able to determine the best plan of action for healing the damage.
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Dislocated Joint Injury Symptoms
Depending on the details of the accident that has occurred, a dislocated joint injury can be very severe, sometimes even fatal, especially when not treated properly. Auto accidents are often overwhelming, especially in the first few moments following the collision. Therefore it is absolutely essential for accident victims to be aware of the most probable symptoms associated with dislocated joints:
- Limited movement
- Intense pain, particularly when trying to put weight on or use the joint
- Joint is discolored, misshaped, visibly out of place
- Swollen or bruised joint
- Tingling and/or numbness in the joint region
If you or a loved one has suffered from any of these symptoms, it is critical to seek medical care immediately. The longer that accident victims wait to treat their injuries, the greater the chances that permanent damage may occur.
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What to do after a Joint Injury
Following any type of accident, victims who believe that a joint injury has occurred should follow these steps:
- Dial 911 prior to giving treatment to any accident victims, particularly when the injury looks to be life-threatening
- Ensure that the injured victim is breathing, if not, perform CPR
- To not attempt to move the victim, be sure to keep the person still until a medical technician arrives
- When skin is broken, clean the wound by removing any dirt, avoid scrubbing the region. Then, cover the injured area with a sterile padding prior to immobilization of the injury.
- Use a sling if possible to properly position the injured limb
- Ensure that he victim’s blood circulation is adequate by applying pressure to the skin in the wounded area. If the region does not turn blanch white and return to normal coloring, blood is not circulating properly.
- Use ice packs to reduce swelling and ease pain
- Attempt to calm the injured party while waiting for the medical professionals to arrive
Dislocated Joint Treatment
Typically, the person who has suffered from a dislocated joint injury will be taken to the hospital or local clinic to treat their wounds. Treatment will vary dependent upon the severity of the injury and the location of the particular wounded limb. The most common treatments used in dislocated joints are as follows:
- Reduction: movements to get the bone back into normal position, a local anesthetic may be required
- Immobilization: use of a sling or splint to correct the position of the injured bone
- Pain Medication: pain relievers are often prescribed to reduce the discomfort of the injured
- Surgery: excessive damage may require surgery to fix any injured blood vessels or nerves
- Physical Therapy: when the dislocated joint has healed, physical therapy may be required to help the victim regain proper strength and range of motion
Typically, all dislocated joint injuries take several months to heal completely.
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