A 40-year-old member asked:
what is the treatment for for patients with dislocated elbow?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Joe Wilkinson answered
43 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Reduction: The elbow needs to be reduced (set in place) and then assessed for bone and ligament damage that may have occurred with the dislocation.
Answered on Nov 19, 2012
Dr. Ajay Balaram answered
14 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Relocate the Elbow: The first thing that needs to be done is to put the elbow joint back in place. This is an urgent issue and needs to be done quickly to avoid long term damage. After the elbow is relocated, the doctor or surgeon will need to assess the stability. If the elbow is unstable surgery may be required. If the elbow is stable it may only need a splint for a short time and then range of motion exercises.
Answered on Jul 13, 2019
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