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How would you know if your elbow was dislocated. Would you be able to bend it and have strength in your arm and hand?

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Dr. David Trettin
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In brief: Usually obvious

Elbow dislocations in adults are usually obvious w/ deformity, swelling and pain.
Most all occur w/ significant trauma or w/ falls on elbow or outstretched hand.''simple" elbow dislocations(those without fracture) require urgent closed reduction and splinting.Some can remain unstable( esp.W/ accompanied fx.) and may require surgery.Go to er if u think u have dislocated your elbow. Best of luck!

In brief: Usually obvious

Elbow dislocations in adults are usually obvious w/ deformity, swelling and pain.
Most all occur w/ significant trauma or w/ falls on elbow or outstretched hand.''simple" elbow dislocations(those without fracture) require urgent closed reduction and splinting.Some can remain unstable( esp.W/ accompanied fx.) and may require surgery.Go to er if u think u have dislocated your elbow. Best of luck!
Dr. David Trettin
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Dr. Mark Wert
There is also Nurse Maids elbow. Though not a dislocation we think of in the classic sense. The radial head slips under a ligament and gets stuck. Position of comfort is bent at elbow with Palm down. You reduce it by extending arm and rotating palm up. More common in children it happens to adults too. Just another idea to be offered.
Dr. David Trettin
Agree but most all 'nursemaid 's'elbows are small children; rare isolated injury in adult male; Monteggia injuries( radial head dislocation w/ fracture of ulna) is adult version.
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