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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dislocation (Overview)

Basically a joint dislocation is when the joint whatever it is either a knee, ac joint ankle etc doesn't line up and shifts out of place and there is a deformity of that joint. Often times dislocations need to be reduced or put back into alignment by special techniques. Shoulder dislocations are common.


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What is dislocation and does it fix itself?

What is dislocation and does it fix itself?

Out of joint: Dislocation is when the bones which come together to form a joint are no longer touching each other. It is possible the dislocation may reduce itself back to a normal position, but often times needs emergency treatment.

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
867 Doctors shared insights

Dislocation (Overview)

Basically a joint dislocation is when the joint whatever it is either a knee, ac joint ankle etc doesn't line up and shifts out of place and there is a deformity of that joint. Often times dislocations need to be reduced or put back into alignment by special techniques. Shoulder dislocations are common.


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Does patellar dislocation usually cause many symptoms?

Does patellar dislocation usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Are you talking about acute dislocation, or recurrent dislocation. All of them have symtoms.

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Popping a sign of partial hip dislocation?

Popping a sign of partial hip dislocation?

Several causes: Popping with a hip implant may represent scar, impingement on psoas tendon, impingement on hip abductors, acetabular and femoral alignment, loose bodies, hip adductor impingement/strain, implant loosening, among others.

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How is a sternoclavicular joint dislocation typically diagnosed?

How is a sternoclavicular joint dislocation typically diagnosed?

X-ray: It can sometimes be diagnosed with plain x-ray, but often a better study is ct scan which offers a 3-dimensional view of a 3-dimensional problem. Treatment is based on the severity of the dislocation, the direction of the dislocation, and whether it is acute or chronic. Suspected acute dislocations require early managment.

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I grew in 1 year, 1 foot in half 5"8-6"10, I had dislocation shoulder 4 times had a surgery, how can I test by how much my ligament are loose?

I grew in 1 year, 1 foot in half 5"8-6"10, I had dislocation shoulder 4 times had a surgery, how can I test by how much my ligament are loose?

What is Cause: It is important that you find out the cause of your recurrent problems with the shoulder with respect to a specific anatomic cause. If you have not had a recent mri, I would recommend an arthrogram/mri where they put dye in the shoulder first followed my mri. Conditions: marfans, ehlers danlos syndromes which are associated with joint laxity. See your pediatrician for evaluation.

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What are the tests for traumatic elbow dislocation?

What are the tests for traumatic elbow dislocation?

Physical exam, xray: These are usually pretty obvious injuries that can be diagnosed by both physical exam and definitively with xrays.

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Do you know how to prevent dislocations?

Dislocations: Key in balanced muscle strengthening program. This includes flexibility and muscle tone exercise.

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What is does it mean to have dislocation of the shoulder?

Shoulder Instability: Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The top of your arm forms the ball and the socket is deep inside the shoulder. It is similar to a golf ball on a golf tee. If the ball falls off the socket then the shoulder is dislocated. Most dislocations are related to the ligaments of the shoulder being stretched or torn.

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How can I treat patellar dislocation?

Reduce it: Obviously the initial treatment for any patella dislocation is to replace the patella into proper position. The leg should then be immobilized to allow healing and to allow swelling to subside. Then one must evaluate the knee and determine if this is a onetime traumatic event or a recurrent problem which might require either physical therapy or a surgical procedure.

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What type of doctor treats zygomatic arch bone deformations/fractures/dislocations?

What type of doctor treats zygomatic arch bone deformations/fractures/dislocations?

Zygoma: Cheek bone fracture tx depends on the extent of the fracture. If minor & with no dislocation, painkillers & soft diet is recommended. If displaced fracture, a surgeon does the wiring of the bone, which can be an ENT surgeon, a plastic surgeon or general surgeon.

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How are dislocations treated with first aid?

How are dislocations treated with first aid?

Immobilize first: Immobilization in place until a trained medical professional is available. Check for a pulse or normal color of the furthest point from the dislocation and relay that to the personnel. Compromised circulation may dictate your assistance as instructed by the professionals. I.

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Are there different options for treating knee cap dislocation?

Ortho consult: There are multiple different non-surgical and surgical options. It is important to make an appt with an ortho doctor. Some of the important factors are age at first dislocation, associated injuries, number of dislocations, knee malalignment, and generalized "loose ligaments", etc. A doctor needs to assess these factors prior to determining which treatment is appropriate.

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What is a temporary treatment for lasik flap dislocation?

What is a temporary treatment for lasik flap dislocation?

No temporary fix: A displaced lasik flap needs to be properly re-positioned as soon as possible. A surgeon must put the flap back into its proper position. Many problems can arise if it is not done, including loss of vision and infection.

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How could I cure dislocation of the acromioclavicular joint?

You can't: Ac joint dislocations are graded in severity and range from spraining the joint without dislocation to complete dislocations. There is no way to relocate the joint and have it stay reduced without surgical repair or reconstruction of the ligaments that hold the joint together. This isn't always necessary and your orthopaedic surgeon can tell you the pluses and minuses of surgery vs no surgery.

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I have been having jaw pain for 2 weeks. I've already been seen several times but it got worse when a dislocation occurred. How can I get urgent treatment. Went to ER and they refused to do anything.

I have been having jaw pain for 2 weeks. I've already been seen several times but it got worse when a dislocation occurred. How can I get urgent treatment. Went to ER and they refused to do anything.

Proper Care: I would recommend that you start with your primary care doctor to help narrow down the cause (s) of the pain. Another option would be an ENT. The ER docs are looking to screen for conditions that need immediate workup and treatment. An urgent care facility will function largely the same way. Your PCP should point you in the right direction in order to get to the root cause of your pain. Good luck

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Usually how bad is the pain after your shoulder dislocation gets put back into place?

Usually how bad is the pain after your shoulder dislocation gets put back into place?

Pain varies: Shoulder pain after a glenohumeral reduction (put back in) is typically less than while it is out of place. For first time dislocations the pain level tends to be higher, but individual tolerance must also be considered. After any dislocation/ reduction you should have an x-ray regardless of pain level to rule out any damage to the bony structures that may have occured during the trauma.

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Are there some genetic reasons I get shoulder joint dislocation off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get shoulder joint dislocation off and on?

Possibility exists: There exists a group of connective tissue disorders that can be associated with excessive joint laxity and in some cases recurrent dislocations. In its more severe forms other tissues can be affected as well, however these inheritable disorders are rather rare and generally are not identified in most individuals who experience a joint dislocation.

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