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Dislocated Elbow Overview

Another name for Dislocated Elbow is Elbow Dislocation.

What is an elbow dislocation?
A person with an elbow dislocation has a bone in the elbow that has come out of place. The elbow joint is made up of three bones: the humerus (upper arm), radius, and ulna. Most elbow dislocations in adults occur in combination with an elbow fracture. The most common elbow dislocation occurs in children, called nursemaid's elbow, where there is a dislocation of the radius in the elbow joint.

What are the symptoms of an elbow dislocation?
Symptoms of an elbow dislocation may include elbow pain, elbow swelling, inability to move the elbow, bruising and elbow deformity.

How does the doctor treat an elbow dislocation?
Treatment for an elbow dislocation includes restoring the alignment of the bones in the elbow joint, which usually requires surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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