Is it Dislocated?


A dislocation occurs when bones are forced from their normal positions. In many instances, a dislocation will cause severe pain, while also immobilizing the joint. Not sure how to spot a dislocation? PhysicianOne Urgent Care can help.

What Causes it?

Dislocations usually occur when a joint experiences an unbalanced or unexpected collision. This might happen as a result of a fall or harsh impact to the affected area. Dislocations commonly occur within fingers and shoulders; however, they can also occur within knees, elbows and hips.

What Are the Symptoms?

In most cases, you can actually see a dislocation; however, this isn’t always the case. Usually, dislocations will have specific telltale signs, including:

• Loss of motion
• Visible deformity
• Pain during movement
• Tingling or numbness
• Bruising

While anyone can suffer a dislocation, some people are at higher risk, including seniors, young children and athletes. Once a dislocation occurs, it is more likely to happen again at some point in the future.

When to Visit PhysicianOne Urgent Care

Since a dislocation means a bone is no longer where it should be, you should seek immediate medical attention. When treated promptly, most dislocations get better after weeks of rest and rehabilitation. When treatment is delayed, however, you can experience damage to nerves, ligaments and blood vessels.

If you suspect that you have a dislocation, visit your nearest PhysicianOne Urgent Care. Our medical professionals can accurately diagnose and treat dislocations. They will typically begin by examining the area to check for deformity, circulation problems and broken skin. If one of our experts suspects a dislocation, he or she will order an X-ray. If a dislocation is confirmed, you will receive on-site treatment or a recommendation for more extensive testing.

Dr. Jeannie Kenkare

Written by Dr. Jeannie Kenkare

Dr. Kenkare is a highly experienced clinician with a background in family medicine. As a founding member of PhysicianOne Urgent Care's parent company Happy Mountains, she is also our Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Kenkare provides guidance and leadership to our health care team, and is responsible for the review of clinical guidelines, decision tools, and outcomes to develop and implement strategies that will improve patient care and clinical quality.


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