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Wrist Dislocation Overview

What is a wrist dislocation?
A person with a wrist dislocation has a bone that has come out of place in the wrist joint. A wrist fracture usually occurs with a wrist dislocation.

What are the symptoms of a wrist dislocation?
Common symptoms of a wrist dislocation include wrist pain, tenderness, and swelling. The wrist is deformed or out-of-place. Additional symptoms may include the inability to move the wrist joint, hand numbness (unilateral), and hand weakness (unilateral).

How does the doctor treat a wrist dislocation?
Treatment for a wrist dislocation includes surgery to repair broken bones, and to restore the alignment of the bones in the wrist joint.

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Last Updated: Feb 12, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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