A dislocation happens when a joint dislodges from its original position, and it can affect any joint whether it knees, shoulders, hips, ankles, or fingers. Joint dislocations symptom can be mild or severe depending on the type, the cause, and severity.
Joint dislocations are a medical emergency and should be treated as such. Call 911 or visit our emergency room in Harker Heights as soon as the injury occurs. An untreated joint dislocation can cause severe complications such as damage to the ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves, and at times Avascular necrosis (bone death).
A dislocation results when there is an unexpected impact through a fall or an accident.
Anyone can experience joint dislocations, but seniors are at a higher risk, especially if they have mobility problems.
Other factors that can predispose you to joint injuries include;
Joint dislocation causes pain, a bulge or a deformity, loss of motion, numbness of the affected area, pain during movement or tingling sensation.
In severe cases, you may experience swelling and bleeding in the joint.
An untreated joint injury could cause nerve, muscle, and blood vessel damage, ligament tear, risk of reinjure and arthritis.
Call our emergency room immediately for assistance, but as you wait;
We have a 24-hour emergency room in Harker Heights that is well-equipped to handle any emergency. When you visit us, we will examine and asses the affected area. It is difficult to determine if the bone is dislocated or broken, so we perform an x-ray and an MRI if required. These tests are done to detect the extent of a dislocation, circulation, and deformity.
The choice of treatment will depend on the type of dislocation and severity. The initial dislocation treatment involves R.I.C.E therapy;
Rest for the first few days after an injury and limit all activity
Ice helps to reduce swelling. Apply the ice pack right away for 10 to 20 minutes to prevent swelling.
Compress the affected place with a bandage
Elevate the injured area using a wedge pillow
If the joint doesn’t heal automatically after the R.I.C.E treatment, the doctor may use;
Take note; when a joint gets dislocated, there are chances that it will be dislocated again. However, you can prevent re-injury if you practice safe behaviors. Our doctor recommends that you install handrails on the stairs or bathrooms. Plus, use nonskid mats in wet places.
Furthermore, avoid using a throw rug, keep a first aid kit, and teach your children safety tips.
Joint dislocations heal differently; some take weeks, while others can take up to a year. For instance, hip dislocations recovery can take several months, especially if surgery is involved.
Healing may also take longer if your blood vessels and nerves are damaged.
Visiting an emergency immediately a dislocation occurs can help reduce permanent damage to the joints, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. So, call us as soon as possible to prevent damage to your blood vessels and –nerves.