What are dislocations?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Dislocations occur when one or more of the bones meeting at a joint move from their normal location. Dislocations can occur in the hip, elbow, shoulder, knee, jaw, and wrist. However, the shoulder is the joint that experiences more dislocations than any other.

A dislocation is the movement of a bone at a joint away from its normal position.

This movement usually is caused by a violent force tearing the ligaments that hold the bones in place. When a bone is moved out of place, the joint no longer functions. The displaced end of the bone often forms a bump, a ridge, or a hollow that does not normally exist.

Dislocations are typically caused by traumatic injuries and can happen in the shoulder, hip, knee or ankle joints.

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