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Elbow Dislocation Treatment and Recovery

Elbow Dislocation Treatment and Recovery

Elbow dislocation is a serious injury in which the joint surfaces of the elbow are dislodged or separated. It can be an extremely painful injury that can result in permanent damage.

This type of injury can result from a sudden twisting of the arm, falling on an outstretched hand, or a direct hit.

If you suspect that you or someone you know may have a dislocated elbow, don't delay in seeking treatment. The sooner the dislocation is realigned, the better.

Elbow Dislocation Treatment

Before any form of treatment is given, the doctor requires you to get an X-ray to identify the extent of the dislocation.

In mild to moderate cases, the doctor manipulates the affected joint to carefully realign the affected bones.

The procedure is non-invasive yet very painful. You need to wear a splint and a sling to ensure your entire arm has fewer movements. Immobilizing the area can help with your recovery.

For severe cases, surgery is needed when there is a fracture of the bones or a tear on the ligaments and muscles of the elbow.

Other forms of treatment include:

  • Medication for pain management and swelling.
  • Rest from physical activity that requires using your arms. Less movement makes the affected area heal faster.
  • A regular appointment with your therapist is much needed as part of the rehabilitation for your recovery.

Recovery Time for a Dislocated Elbow

The recovery time varies with the severity of the injury. Physical rehabilitation is also vital in making a shorter recovery. Mild to moderate dislocation can recover in between 3-6 weeks with proper management, treatment, and care. For severe cases, rehabilitation can last for 3 months or longer, depending on progress or complications during the recovery period.

Elbow Dislocation Treatment and Recovery

Home Remedies for Elbow Dislocation

It is important to seek immediate care after an elbow dislocation. However, when the situation is still manageable, you can apply ice to minimize possible swelling and make sure to provide support on the whole arm to restrict the movement and prevent further injury.

The doctor will assess and properly manipulate the dislocated parts to realign them to their correct position. Aside from pain relievers, you can help manage the pain by applying a cold or hot pack.

Signs and Symptoms of a Dislocated Elbow

After a traumatic injury to your elbow, you need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a dislocation.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you need to get immediate medical attention.

  • Excruciating pain
  • Deformed elbows
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Inability to bend

Types of Elbow Dislocation

Your elbow doesn't get injured easily unless it receives a sudden impact from external factors like accidents, slip and fall, sports, and physical activities. Generally, there are two types of elbow dislocation.

  1. Simple elbow dislocation. No other parts of the elbow are injured, only a dislocation occurred.
  2. Complex elbow dislocation. Fractured bones, nerve damage, muscle and ligament tears may occur.

How To Strengthen Elbow After Dislocation

Physical therapy is one way of helping your dislocated elbow to be functional again. Aside from recovery, the interventions of your therapist are beneficial because they provide exercises that can help restore your elbow’s strength as well as your range of motion.

Elbow Dislocation Treatment and Recovery

Who Is At Risk of Elbow Dislocation?

Elbow dislocations are severe injuries that can be seen in contact sports. These usually occur when a twisting motion is experienced.  If you are active in sports, it is important to wear braces to protect your elbows.

Another population at risk for elbow dislocations are those who suffer from hypermobility syndrome, which makes the joints too flexible. This poses a high risk of getting the elbows dislocated.

One of the risk factors of elbow dislocation is age. Older adults are more exposed to slip and fall injuries. Hence, they are highly at risk of injuring their arms, especially the elbows.

If you are dealing with elbow dislocations and would like to learn more about the physical rehabilitation process in Tampa, please contact us today!

Schedule your appointment with us at (813) 443-5370. You may visit www.palmwellness.center for more information.

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