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Help cure a dislocated elbow?

Help cure a dislocated elbow?

Immobilization: Xrays are needed to ensure no fractures. If elbow dislocation without fracture, closed reduction is needed. Immobilization with elbow flexed 90 degrees, forearm slightly pronated for 3 weeks. Usually, ot to help regain range of motion. ...Read more

Dr. Rahul Banerjee
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Dislocated Elbow (Definition)

A condition where a bone of the elbow become displaced from its normal connection at the elbow joint. This is most often caused by trauma, such as falling ...Read more


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How to fix a dislocated elbow?

How to fix a dislocated elbow?

See your doctor: He/she will refer you to an orthopedic surgeon who will be able to stabilize it. ...Read more

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What is done for a dislocated elbow?

What is done for a dislocated elbow?

Depends: A simple dislocation (no bone was fractured) is typically treated with a reduction (put the joint back in place), a brief period of immobilization (1-2 weeks) and therapy. The recurrence rate (chance of it happening again) is exceeding low. If a bone was fractured in the dislocation- then we usually have to do surgery to fix the fracture or the elbow will remain unstable over time. ...Read more

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How could I treat my dislocated elbow?

Get seen: If you think you have dislocated your elbow, you must get immediate attention. X-rays will be needed and a skilled physician will need to attend this to replace it to normal position either with sedation or under anesthesia. Fractures have to be ruled out, and the vascular supply has to be proven to be intact. You will need close follow up and therapy. Ice, elevation and obsrvation are needed. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a dislocated elbow?

What are the signs of a dislocated elbow?

Pain and swelling: Pain, swelling, deformity and decreased range of motion. You may also note tingling, numbness and weakness. Get it checked out to be sure there is no vascular or neurological damage as they can accompany some dislocations in major joints. ...Read more

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How do you fix a broken and dislocated elbow?

How do you fix a broken and dislocated elbow?

Depends on the site: It depends on the site of break and it may need only putting the dislocation back and placing a cast.Or it may need surgery and cast. ...Read more

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How much time for a dislocated elbow to heal?

How much time for a dislocated elbow to heal?

Elbow healing time: That can vary. If it was a simple dislocation with minimal ligament damage, it should be stable and ready to go within 4-6 weeks. If you have a fracture, or ligament damage with instability, it may not 'heal' and still will be unstable. You really should have it looked at by a sports medicine provider or orthopedic provider. ...Read more

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Can a dislocated elbow affect your entire body?

Indirectly: In the sense that you will have to alter your mechanics when using the affected elbow. ...Read more

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What are good exercises to help a dislocated elbow?

What are good exercises to help a dislocated elbow?

How fresh?: Generally speaking, a dislocated elbow, if it is reduced, need to be immobilized three weeks then begin rom. This is to diminish the chance of redislocation. If all is stable after three wks, then acive only range of motion should be done. That is, what your muscles can do to move the joint back and forth. It is common to loose motion permeantly. Good luck. See an occupational therapist. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I have a dislocated elbow?

Usually dramatic: An elbow dislocation is usually a high energy injury. Deformity, pain, immediate swelling and marked loss of motion are typical. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long for a dislocated elbow to heal?

Can you tell me how long for a dislocated elbow to heal?

2-3 months.: One the dislocated elbow is re-located, it can take 8-12 weeks of rest and physical therapy, to restore the elbow to it's full function. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a dislocated elbow?

Depends: Severity of the injury makes a difference. On the average, most have regain full motion, strength and function and resolution of pain within 12 weeks. Those with a fracture may recover a longer recovery. ...Read more

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Can someone with a dislocated elbow ever volleyball again?

Yes: This is a common, but stable injury. People usually return to their previous level of activity without significant long-term issues. ...Read more

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How much can it effect you to live with a dislocated elbow?

How much can it effect you to live with a dislocated elbow?

Dislocated Elbow: It leads to instability and loss of motion. Also it can be painful and affect lifting. If it is not reduced within few days the tissues and ligaments start shrinking and gradually make it harder to put it back. ...Read more

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How long does it normally take to recover from a dislocated elbow?

It depends: On the severity of the dislocation. A simple dislocation heals in 3 months. A dislocation where there is ligamentous injury or bony fracture can require surgery for stability and then immobilization for 2 to 3 months. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's rare for a person dislocated elbow to heal within 4 days?

More info.: Adults who sustain posterior elbow dislocations (simple) can heal fairly quickly but not in 4 days. Usually the elbow needs to be splinted for a week to protect the ligaments followed by progressive rom. 'simple' elbow disc locations w/out associated fractures or serious ligament (mcl, lcl) disruptions heal usually @6 wks...The severity of elbow disloc. Varies widely! Best of luck! ...Read more

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What to do if I found out my dislocated elbow was popped back in wrong, what should I do?

See a specialist.: Dislocated elbows are a serious orthopedic condition. You should see an orthopedic elbow surgeon, who could determine what the best course of action should be. Sometimes there could be a lose body in the joint, or a fracture, which may require surgical care. ...Read more

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Can I fly with a dislocated elbow?

Can I fly with a dislocated elbow?

Yes for treatment: If you are stranded in a remote area, otherwise you need immediate treatment as if untreated may lead to serious complications. ...Read more

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Does a dislocated elbow affect your entire arm?

Does a dislocated elbow affect your entire arm?

Yes: Many muscles from your forearm and upper arm cross the elbow, as do nerves and blood vessels, any of these can be disrupted all can be strained. It can make your neck hurt also. ...Read more

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Could a pa assistant have the rite to reset a dislocated elbow that really wasn't to begin with.?

PA rites?: Most pas are qualified and are credentialed to legally relocate elbows and reduce fracture (reset them). They work under the supervision of a doctor in most instances. I cannot really comment about the 'really wasn't to begin with part since I wasn't there and have no xrays to confirm. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a dislocated elbow?

What is the best treatment for a dislocated elbow?

Reduce joint: X-rays need to be performed to ensure no fractures in addition to dislocation. Concomitant fractures demand additional consideration, and may change treatment. Assuming no fractures, vast majority of dislocations are managed with brief period of immobilization (3weeks), followed by rehab. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for for patients with dislocated elbow?

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. ...Read more

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Dislocated elbow --- how long do you have to wear a splint?

About 4-6 weeks: Typically if have truly had an elbow
dislocation, you will need to be immoblized
for 4-6 weeks to allow soft tissue healed
and prevent instability in the future
after that you will likely need therapy to
regain your normal motion and strength. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a dislocated elbow to be fractured upon reduction if it was done improperly or by someone untrained? My daughter had what we thought was nurse maids elbow and wile in getting x-rays, the tech heard it pop. She was able to move her arm a

Is it possible for a dislocated elbow to be fractured upon reduction if it was done improperly or by someone untrained? My daughter had what we thought was nurse maids elbow and wile in getting x-rays, the tech heard it pop. She was able to move her arm a

There: There are a couple of possibilities: one is that the fracture was already there and was easier to see once the joint reduced (popped back into place). The other is that the fracture occured when the elbow reduced. Usually a radiology technician does not put any significant force on an extremity while getting the x-rays. Sometimes they will even have the physician position the patient if he/she is particularly concerned. It is unlikely that the technician put enough force on the elbow to cause a fracture. Some dislocations will pop into place with minimal force and that is more likely what happened. Once the deformity is corrected, the swelling is more evident and it will continue to increase for 48 to 72 hours after an injury.

The x-rays will often tell the story. Depending on the size and direction of the fragment, we can sometimes get an idea of which direction the force was that caused the fragment. Review the x-rays with the treating physician. He/she may be able to make a final determination, but that is not always the case. However, I think the more likely answer is that the fracture was already there. ...Read more

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What to do about radial head fracture and dislocated elbow?

What to do about radial head fracture and dislocated elbow?

Surgery: Radial head contributes to elbow stability and particulary in context of dislocation with fracture will require surgery to either fix or replace radial head to restore stability. There may also be coexisting ligamentous damage that may require surgical intervention. ...Read more