A dislocated joint is defined as an abnormal separation of the joint at the point where two bones meet. In most cases, a dislocation is caused by a sudden trauma such as an impact caused by a car accident.
The most dislocated joint in the entire body is the shoulder. This is mostly a result of individuals trying to catch themselves during a fall, thus moving the bone out of its socket. Of course, when a bone only becomes partially dislocated, it is referred to as a subluxation.
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Symptoms of Dislocated Joints
Depending on the severity of the dislocated joint, it could be the difference between a situation being life threatening or curable. There are many severe symptoms to look for in a victim of a dislocated joint, while it should be noted not to set the dislocated body part back into its regular position if you are not a medical professional.
Some common symptoms of a dislocated joint include:
Joint is misshapen
Joint is visibly out of place
Numbness or tingling
Swelling or bruising over the joint
If you notice any of these symptoms, it is advised to seek immediate medical attention. In addition to correcting this dislocated joint, these medical documents can be used by our auto accident attorneys to develop a solid case against the negligent driver.
What to do After a Joint Becomes Dislocated
If you notice any of the symptoms above, there are several things you should do beginning with immediately calling 911. These steps could mean the difference between injuries becoming worse and possibly resulting in death, or someone gaining full range of motion of that joint once again.
The following steps will help if someone is suffering from a dislocated joint:
Do not move the victim if injury is to their head, back, or legs
Splint the dislocated joint if possible.
Do not try to reposition bones or joints
Apply ice to the joint
Keep person calm
In addition to using these steps following a car accident, they can also be applied to anyone who is suffering from a dislocated joint. Of course, once these steps are completed, there are several treatment options available to someone who has dislocated a joint.
Dislocated Joint Treatment
In most cases, an individual who has suffered from a dislocated joint will make a full recovery and gain full range of motion once again. However, in order to achieve this, there are several different types of treatments that must be applied.
Some common types of treatment include:
In many instances, a joint may be immobilized with a cast, splint, or brace to prevent the injured area from moving during the healing process. This brace usually extends from the joint above the point of injury to the joint below the point of injury.
The different components of immobilization include:
…just to name a few
Pain & Anti-inflammatory Medication
These types of medications are typically prescribed to relieve the pain associated with dislocating a joint, along with reducing the swelling. These can include over the counter medications such as; aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, or medications which require a doctor’s prescription.
Physical therapy is mainly concerned with restoring the mobility, function, quality of life, and movement back to an individual. Physical therapists will typically examine, evaluate, diagnose, and perform activities to restore a patient back to their normal activities of daily living.
Reduction is where medical professional positions the bones back to their normal position following a dislocation or fracture. The primary goal is to restore position to the bone or joint, decrease pain, prevent deformity, promote healing, and return individual to normal use of that body part.
In some cases, patients that are suffering from severe dislocation where blood vessels and nerves have been damaged, they may require surgery. In addition, surgery may be required if a doctor cannot reposition the joint, which is often associated with excessive swelling.
Depending on the severity of the dislocated joint, it may take a few months to several months to fully heal from the injury. However, by following treatment and recovery plans, individuals will usually make a full recovery from dislocated joint injuries.
Contact Our Connecticut Auto Accident Attorneys
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our attorneys believe that if you or a family member is suffering from a dislocated joint following an auto accident caused by a negligent individual, the victim may be entitled to compensation for all losses and damages sustained during the accident.
With our primary offices in New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford, our attorneys are able to serve clients throughout these areas and across the state of Connecticut.
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