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Dislocated Arm Overview

Another name for Dislocated Arm is Arm Dislocation.

What is an arm dislocation?
A person with an arm dislocation has an injury that has caused one of the bones in the arm to come out of place. Most arm dislocations occur in the shoulder, elbow or wrist. Shoulder dislocation and elbow dislocation are common arm dislocations.

What are the symptoms of an arm dislocation?
Common symptoms of an arm dislocation include arm pain, arm swelling, and arm deformity.

How does the doctor treat an arm dislocation?
Treatment for an arm dislocation may include local reduction of the joint followed by the application of a splint or cast. Some dislocations may need to be treated with surgery.

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Last Updated: Aug 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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