Bones slipping out of the joints they are fitted to, nasty! In medical terms, it is referred to as a “dislocated shoulder”. Dislocation simply means a bone slipping out of the joint it is supposed to be in. All joints in our body can be dislocated, not that one would purposely go out of their way to achieve the feat!
Dislocation sports injury is quite common amongst people who are actively involved in regular sporting activities. In fact, since rapid and forced arm movement is involved in many all sports, shoulder dislocation sports injury cases are the most frequent amongst this category of injuries.
All dislocations must be treated as emergency cases, as the bone is not where it should be. Moreover, if left untreated, a dislocation injury can cause further damage to blood vessels, ligaments, and nerves.
The most common cause of dislocation is joints being subjected to unbalanced or unexpected impact. Also, another thing to note is that when a joint dislocates once, there is a chance that it may dislocate in the future. Though anyone can experience a dislocation, older people are more likely to have it as they can lack mobility and are more prone to unexpected falls.
Dislocations are easy to identify in most cases. The injured area is usually bruised or swollen. Often, it turns either red or becomes totally discolored. The shape may change become deformed owing to the dislocation. Other symptoms of dislocation are motion loss, numbness around a dislocated area and a tingling feeling.
When it comes to differentiating between dislocated bones and a fracture, it is difficult, as the external symptoms are common in both hence always, always seek immediate professional care as a starting point, the emergency room is for sure the first port of call! The doctor will carry out a preliminary examination, he will check the blood circulation, signs of deformity and skin breakage. An X-ray will also need to be taken in order to assess the gravity of the injury. In special cases, an MRI may be required. These technologies enable medical professionals to assess the nature and extent of the damage.
The treatment depends on which joint has been dislocated and how severe it is. After the initial rest, ice, compression, and elevation, the doctor will check if the dislocated joint will automatically tend to go back into its position. If not, repositioning, medication, immobilization, and rehabilitation techniques are used.
Each dislocation is unique and the healing time varies for all. However, in most cases, one can expect a full recovery in a few weeks. In severe cases such as hip dislocation, sports injury etc. one can expect the recovery time to be longer. Additional surgeries may also be required for the most extreme cases.
The best way to prevent your injury from becoming a permanent one is to seek prompt treatment. Keep in mind that the area will weaken substantially. In case the blood vessels or nerves were a part of the injury, the healing time will be much longer. There have been cases where the blood vessels supplying blood to the bones were completely damaged. Thus, it is important that the dislocation is treated in time in order to prevent it from becoming worse.
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