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After my 3rd dislocation of my shoulder my elbow began to hurt. This is the first time, why is that?

After my 3rd dislocation of my shoulder my elbow began to hurt. This is the first time, why is that?

Difficult to say....: May be unrelated to the shoulder. Is there any swelling? Have you had any xrays? Give it sometime, exercise it in pt if xrays show no fractures, try antiinflammatories. At your age, your shoulder probably needs to be stabilized to prevent further damage. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dislocation (Definition)

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. ...Read more


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Suggestions for brace for elbow when working out. Status post elbow dislocation times thee years?

Suggestions for brace for elbow when working out. Status post elbow dislocation times thee years?

Depends: Most elbows are stable once the injury heals. If you are looking for an extra measure of support or comfort while working out, I would start with a simple slip-on neoprene elbow sleeve. If your elbow feels slightly unstable, you should see an orthopedic, preferably one who is an upper extremity expert. In rare instances, a subtle case of instability can cause problems with weightbearing activities. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a possible elbow dislocation?

X-ray: Elbow dislocations are almost exclusively due to trauma. So, if you did not have an injury, it's unlikely that your elbow is dislocated. Elbow dislocations are painful, the joint becomes swollen and range of motion is limited. The best way to know if your elbow is dislocated is to get a x-ray. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a traumatic elbow dislocation?

What are the symptoms of a traumatic elbow dislocation?

Pain, deformity: These are usually obvious injuries with pain, deformity (depends on the location/direction of the dislocation, weakness, guarding (won't or can't use the arm) and occasionally numbness or vascular insufficiency. These are best treated promptly by a trained orthopedic surgeon, er physician or trauma surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for traumatic elbow dislocation?

What is the treatment for traumatic elbow dislocation?

Reduction: You need to be seen emergently and have the elbow relocated or reduced. Anesthesia/sedation is generally required to relax the muscles to allow for the joint to be reduced. You may require a period of immobilization. ...Read more

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What are some exercises for a elbow dislocation which is positioned back and I have stiffness?

See therapist: You should work closely with your othropedist and with a reputable physical therapist with interest and expertise in the elbow. This venue is too short for specific exercises. They will work with you to restore as much funtions and range of motion as possible. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Traumatic elbow dislocation?

What is the definition or description of: Traumatic elbow dislocation?

An injury 2 the--: -elbow that causes it 2 displace the ulna from the confines of the elbow. Usually significant trauma & very obvious 2 look at & very painful. ...Read more

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I recently had an elbow dislocation and was placed again at the moment it happens. The radiographs were okey. Right now I have a swelling all over?

I recently had an elbow dislocation and was placed again at the moment it happens. The radiographs were okey. Right now I have a swelling all over?

That's quite normal.: The swelling can and will persist for up to 2 months, and even more, depending how severe the injury was.
Follow your orthopedist's advise.
Taking Ibuprofen or aleve, (naproxen) or something else for swelling would help. Supervised therapy will be greatly beneficial.
Compression bandage, like a heelbo would help with swelling and to protect it. ...Read more

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I had a severe injury in may of this year. Fractured ulna and dislocation of elbow. Any comments re: surgery?

I had a severe injury in may of this year. Fractured ulna and dislocation of elbow. Any comments re: surgery?

Monteggia?: A fracture of the ulna w/ associated radial head subluxation / dislocation (@ elbow) is known as a monteggia fx./ dislocation. If recognized treatment is orif of the ulna (plating) and reduction of the radial head dislocation. (it usually reduces spontaneously after fixing ulna)... ...Read more

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Post medial dislocation of left elbow small puncture wound (+) near the left cubital fossa I can't benddown, is it normal?

Post medial dislocation of left elbow small puncture wound (+) near the left cubital fossa I can't benddown, is it normal?

Bad injury: Limited motion is normal after such a severe injury. You are going to need therapy when ur doctor clears u ...Read more

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Had elbow dislocation (no frc), closed reduced by surgeon 80 days back. Elbow can be straightened 95% as before but small swelling on elbow still notgone?

Had elbow dislocation (no frc), closed reduced by surgeon 80 days back. Elbow can be straightened 95% as before but small swelling on elbow still notgone?

Swelling: This is not an unexpected result. Keep trying to improve the range of motion. You probably have a small bursitis reaction in the elbow and some fluid from that. It could be drained via needle, but it would probably come back. ...Read more

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How long does it take elbow to straighten like normal aftr dislocation. Elbow was reduced back by closed reduction by ortho surgeon?

Not too long: Unless there was bony/joint damage you should regain full motion-usually, if this was the first dislocation, should be immobilized for about three weeks, then start PT or at least discuss with your doctor appropriate exercises ...Read more

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Recurring posterior dislocation of shoulder. After last dislocation sharp pain in elbow, intermittent coldness and numbness of forearm, prickly skin?

Recurring posterior dislocation of shoulder. After last dislocation sharp pain in elbow, intermittent coldness and numbness of forearm, prickly skin?

? TOS: 37 yo w. recurrent shoulder dislocation suggest Hypermobility Syndrome. "Sharp pain, prickly, cold & numbness" suggest peripheral neuropathy w. parasthesias from brachial neural plexus impingement within shoulder girdle; arousing shoulder splinting & superior trapezius guarding/atrophy. Net effect is closure of costoclavicular dimension (true thoracic outlet) with shoulder abduction, i.e., TOS. ...Read more

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When should a person start physical therapy and mobilize his elbow after elbow dislocation/fracture?

When should a person start physical therapy and mobilize his elbow after elbow dislocation/fracture?

Within a week: Assuming your fracture-dislocation was fixed surgically (as most are), it is critical to get your elbow moving within a week of surgery. You may never have full motion again (though it is possible), but to optimize your motion and elbow function, early motion is critical. ...Read more

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How often does an elbow disdlocation reduce itself?

How often does an elbow disdlocation reduce itself?

Somewhat often: Elbow dislocations can spontaneously reduce themselves. These can be total dislocations or partial (subluxation). Evidence of the dislocation can be noted on physical examination, x-rays and mri. However, some elbow dislocations are locked in the dislocated position and require manipulation by a health care professional. Most are treated by early protected motion exercise. Sometimes surgery. ...Read more

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I fell down from motorbike with my left arm swelling due to dislocation?

I fell down from motorbike with my left arm swelling due to dislocation?

Or other injury: You will need an evaluation to see what type of damage has been done. You also may well need imaging. ...Read more