Elbow Joint Dislocations

Causes  |  Symptoms  |  Treatment Options

What Is Elbow Joint Dislocations?

The elbow joint is a type of hinge joint between the distal end of the humerus in the upper arm and the proximal ends of the ulna and radius (forearm bones) in the forearm. 

The elbow is dislocated when both the humerus, ulna and/or the radius are out of alignment.

What Are The Symptoms of Elbow Joint Dislocations?

If a patient is suffering from an elbow joint dislocation, some symptoms that they may notice are the inability to move one’s elbow joint, pain and weakness in the arm, and swelling. Additionally, the arm may look deformed, as if the bone is not in its proper position. 

What Are the Treatment Options Available for Elbow Joint Dislocations?

Treatment for dislocations will depend on the severity of the dislocation. Medication will generally be provided in the forms of painkillers and anti-inflammatories and can be accompanied by manipulation (if possible) to put the joint back in place. 

In more severe cases, surgery may be needed should manipulation not be possible or if the dislocation damages blood vessels, nerves, bones, muscles or ligaments surrounding the joint. 

In either case, physiotherapy will be recommended to strengthen the surrounding muscles and ligaments to hasten the healing process and reduce recovery time.