Elbow Dislocation

Elbow dislocation occurs when the lower end of arm bone (humerus) and upper end of forearm bones (radius & ulna) are separated. Elbow dislocation can be partial (subluxation) or complete.

Elbow dislocation is also associated with fractures, ligament injuries and damage to blood vessels & nerves.

Causes
  • Falls
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Sudden joint twist
Symptoms
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Deformity
  • Restricted joint movements
  • Numbess & Tingling when associated with Nerve injury
  • Absent or feeble distal pulse when associated with Vascular injury
Investigations
  • X-rays
  • CT Scan
  • MRI
Treatment
Non-Surgical
  • Medication
  • Closed reduction
  • Joint immobilisation 4- 6 weeks
Surgical
  • When associated with fractures, ligament, Vasscular & Nerve injuries.
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