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Joint Dislocation

Our bodies are made up by hundreds of bones that create the human skeleton. When the bones come together at main points in the body, this is known as a joint. Orthopedics is a branch of the medical field that greatly focuses on the joints and their surrounding muscles. Since Dr. Burke is an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in sports medicine, he sees many injuries to the joints like dislocations. A joint dislocation is the pulling or separation of the bones that make up a joint.

Joint Dislocation Causes

Especially in sports, a sudden twisting, jerking or direct hit to the joint causes these dislocations. The joints are held in place by ligaments and cartilage that surround it. Patients who participate in sports or high intensity workouts should be extremely cautious of joint dislocation causes like:

  • Extreme stress or weight on the joint
  • Rapid change of direction or motion in the joint
  • injury to another portion of the joint such as ligaments or bones

If the joint overstretches or is directly hit in any way, there is a risk of dislocation. Another major dislocation cause for Dr. Burke’s patients include auto accidents. Dr. Burke sees many patients suffering from a joint dislocation following a car accident.

Joint Dislocation Symptoms

Many times, after a sports-related injury, patients can see if their joint appears to be out of place or out of alignment with the rest of the body. Not only will patients experience chronic pain, but there are other joint dislocation symptoms that need orthopedic treatment. You may have a joint dislocation if:

  • The joint is overbent
  • The joint is swollen and tender
  • The joint is misshaped or off-center
  • The joint cannot return to its normal position
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Joint Dislocation Treatment with Dr. Burke Orthopedics

Joint dislocations are common sports injuries that we see at Dr. Burke Orthopedics. Sports medicine treatment will focus on saving the joint so there is no permanent nerve damage afterward. Dr. Burke uses sports medicine and orthopedic treatments for joint dislocations such as:

  • Reconstruction surgery
  • Physical therapy exercises
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs