Dislocation Treatment

A dislocation is a displacement of bones from a joint, caused by a sudden impact or accident. It’s not broken bones, but nevertheless can be very painful and affect mobility. A joint is a junction where two or more bones meet to cause a movement. Our body has several joints, such as:

  • Jaw
  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Wrist
  • Finger
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Ankle
  • Toe

Dislocated joints are generally swollen with the associated bones visibly out of place. Bones have ligaments at their ends that help them connect with each other to form a joint. A blow on a joint can knock its ligaments out of their places to cause a dislocated joint.

For example, the hip and shoulder joints are known as “ball and socket” joints where the tip of the moving bone, referred to as a ball, moves in a socket. The ligaments in these joints under sudden forceful strike can cause the balls to come out of their sockets partially or completely.

A dislocation needs urgent attention and care. Not just because of the debilitating pain it causes but also because of the increasing risks of damages to nerves and tendons if not addressed immediately.

But it is not a medical emergency that requires a visit to an emergency room. Instead, a dislocation can be treated effectively at an urgent care facility at much lower cost and time. Find out the “Urgent Care Texas” center in your city for the best dislocation treatment in the shortest time.

Signs and symptoms of a dislocation

At first, it may not be possible to identify whether it’s a fractured bone or a dislocated bone because both conditions are painful and cause swelling. However, the following symptoms of dislocation can help to recognize the nature of the injury:

  • Clearly visible deformity of the injured joint.
  • Intense pain.
  • Swelling and discoloration of the injury site.
  • Numbness or tingling sensation of the adjoining areas with occasional spasms.

Treatment of a dislocation

  • You can apply ice on the injured area as soon as possible after the accident and avoid any movement of the affected area as much as possible. This will help to soothe pain to some extent before the doctor attends you.
  • Your doctor will check your conditions ask you about pains. He will probably order an X-ray test before all. An X-ray image can reveal the actual nature of the dislocation and can also tell if there is any additional damage. There may be damage or breakage of nerves, or muscles.
  • The dislocated bone will be realigned manually by a professional. You will be given muscle relaxant or a sedative before the process to help you cope with the pain. Once the dislocated bone is back to its proper place the pain starts diminishing quickly. You may be advised to apply ice or heat on the affected area from time to time until it is completely healed.

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