Elbow dislocations are common injuries, especially in athletes and small children. Luckily, most dislocated elbows can be realigned without any surgical methods necessary and sufferers recover relatively quickly. However, it is important to see a physician immediately if your elbow has become dislocated to avoid further complications and injury.
The physicians and orthopedic specialists at West Medical have treated countless cases of elbow dislocations and provide efficient and comfortable care. A member of our West Medical team can walk you through your treatment options and guide you personally through your care and recovery.
Call us at (855) 690-0565 to make an appointment or schedule a consultation with one of our experienced specialists and begin your route to recovery.
Symptoms of an Elbow Dislocation
- Extreme elbow dislocations will be very painful and easy to spot, as the bone misalignment will be visible.
- Partial dislocations are more common but sometimes harder to detect within the arm, since the elbow may appear aligned and moveable but will be accompanied by much discomfort and pain.
- Bruising, swelling, and tenderness on the inside of the elbow and arm area are also possible in both partial and full elbow dislocations.
Tests for a Dislocated Elbow
A physician will examine the arm and the elbow for signs of a dislocation, including checking the pulse at the wrist to ensure that no arteries were compromised during your injury that may affect proper circulation. Your doctor may order scans or x-rays to determine the extent of your elbow dislocation and to confirm that no nerves were harmed.
Treatments for a Dislocation of the Elbow
A physician or an orthopedic specialist will reset your elbow in order to properly align the bones that were dislocated. Typically your doctor will administer some pain medication to keep you comfortable while resetting the bone. Your arm and elbow will then be splinted and put in a sling to give it proper time to rest and heal.
It’s important that elbow dislocation treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical, is overseen by experienced physicians in order to ensure that you recover with the fewest possible complications and with the greatest chance to restore full motion of your elbow. Often times pain and arthritis are post-injury risks for elbow dislocations, but your chances of suffering from either are reduced when your treatment is handled by a knowledgeable physician who has access to top tier facilities and technology.
The physicians, surgeons, and orthopedic specialists at West Medical have extensive experience successfully treating those who have suffered from a dislocated elbow, through surgical and non-surgical routes.
Contact us at (855) 690-0565 to schedule a consultation or an appointment with one of the experienced physicians on our West Medical team.
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