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Dislocation Of Elbow Recovery Time
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.
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
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.
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.
Physical exam, xray: These are usually pretty obvious injuries that can be diagnosed by both physical exam and definitively with xrays.
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
I had a severe injury in may of this year. Fractured ulna and dislocation of elbow. Any comments re: surgery?
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
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.
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
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Dislocated both radial and ulna bone at the elbow joint. Doc is put me in a cast for 2 weeks. Does that timeframe seem normal for an elbow dislocation?
It does: If it was a simple dislocation two weeks is appropriate. The elbow is one joint that can suffer loss of full function if immobilized too long.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
The dislocation: The joint was not in place...Bone has to go somewhere.
Or other injury: You will need an evaluation to see what type of damage has been done. You also may well need imaging.
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