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Dislocation of the elbow

Also known as Elbow Dislocation and Dislocated Elbow

A joint dislocation, or luxation, occurs when there is an abnormal separation in the joint, where two or more bones meet. A partial dislocation is referred to as a subluxation. Dislocations are often caused by sudden trauma on the joint like an impact or fall. A joint dislocation can cause damage to the surrounding ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. Dislocations can occur in any joint major (Shoulder, knees, etc.) or minor (toes, fingers, etc.). The most common joint dislocation is a shoulder dislocation.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with dislocation of the elbow, 77% report having arm pain, 67% report having elbow pain, and 51% report having arm stiffness or tightness. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of dislocation of the elbow are arm pain, elbow pain, arm stiffness or tightness, arm weakness, and elbow swelling, although you may still have dislocation of the elbow without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with dislocation of the elbow often receive radiographic imaging procedure, plain x-ray, application of splint, physical therapy exercises, orthopedic casting, treatment; fracture or dislocation of radius and ulna and other fracture and dislocation procedure .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with dislocation of the elbow include ketamine, propofol, atropine (uaa) and dolasetron (anzemet) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for dislocation of the elbow include race/ethnicity = other age 1-4 years.

Age

< 1 years
1.3x
1-4 years
9.8x
5-14 years
1.1x
15-29 years
0.3x
30-44 years
0.4x
45-59 years
0.4x
60-74 years
0.3x
75+ years
0.2x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.7x
Hispanic
1.2x
White
1.0x
Other
2.3x
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