Elbow Dislocation – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Fagelman is a renowned orthopedic doctor providing complete diagnosis and treatment for Elbow Dislocation in Carrollton, TX. His other areas of expertise include sports injury, fractures, shoulder pain etc.

Elbow Dislocation

The elbow is a hinge joint (bones can flex along one axis), formed by the combination of two bones radius and ulna. When these bones suffer a blow or extreme force they may move from their normal position, this condition is termed as Elbow Dislocation. Based on the severity of injury the dislocation could be partial or complete.

Types Of Dislocation

  • Simple Dislocations – Does not involves major bone injury
  • Complex Dislocations – Severe bone and ligament injury
  • Severe Dislocations - Blood vessels and nerves are damaged as well

Causes Of Elbow Dislocation

  • Falling with an outstretched hand
  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Improper lifting of heavy objects
  • Risk Factors For Elbow Dislocation
  • People born with loose elbow ligaments
  • Flexible elbows of youngsters
  • Active Participation in sports

Symptoms Of Elbow Dislocation

  • Extreme Pain
  • Distortion of the joint

Diagnosis Of Elbow Dislocation

To evaluate the condition of patient’s elbow, the doctor may begin by checking the reflexes of the hand. Skin color and blood circulation may also be considered. If there has been severe damage in the elbow the doctor may recommend imaging tests like X-rays, MRI and CT scans.

Treatment For Elbow Dislocation

Non-Surgical Treatment

Initially the patient may be given sedative and painkillers to eliminate the affliction. The doctors may perform a reduction maneuver to realign the damaged bone. Braces and splints may be recommended for 2-3 weeks to immobilize the dislocated bone. The doctor may also ask the patient to take physical therapy sessions to regain the mobility of the hinge joint.

Surgical Treatment

  • If the dislocation is complex, the orthopedic surgeon may recommend a late reconstructive surgery. He may make an incision and remove the damaged scar tissue or trim the extra growth from the bone.
  • After the surgery an external hinge may be placed to protect the elbow from dislocating again. If blood vessels or nerves have been injured badly, additional surgery may be required to repair them.
  • The patients may be asked to keep the elbow immobilized by wearing splints for at least 2-4 weeks. Regular X-rays may also help to assess the improvement in the condition.

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