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How could i determine if i have dislocated a joint?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Dislocations: Dislocation is usually accompanied by severe pain and distortion of the normal anatomy and loss of function. If you believe you have a dislocation of any joint then you should consult with your doctor to be examined and then advised to the best treatment.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
X-ray: Best way would be to have an x-ray taken.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
X- ray: X- rays are definitive. Another condition, called subluxation, is more difficult. Subluxation is a partial "dis-location" that shifts in & out of normal anatomical alignment. For example a large joint (sacroiliac) subluxes & medical literature reports no imaging study able to show. Reason: subluxation is a motion & all imaging studies are "snap shots". Cinemagraphic fluoroscopy failed also.

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