Dislocated Elbow

Elbow

Symptoms

Symptoms of a dislocated elbow can include severe pain in the elbow, swelling, and inability to bend your arm, there will also be obvious distortion of the joint in some cases, you may lose feeling in your hand.

How it occurs

A dislocated elbow occurs when the bones that make up the elbow joint are forced out of alignment – typically when you land on an outstretched hand during a fall.

The elbow is the most commonly dislocated joint in children and is sometimes known as a pulled elbow if they are swung or lifted by their forearms.

Treatment

Elbow dislocations are treated by keeping the elbow immobile in a splint or sling for 1 to 3 weeks, followed by early motion exercises. If the elbow is kept immobile for a long time, the ability to move the elbow fully (range of motion) may be affected.

Meet Harrison

Therapist

Harrison graduated from Latrobe University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences before completing a Masters in Occupational Therapy Practice. Harrison was born and breed in Gippsland and has recently moved back to his hometown of Sale to pursue his love of hand therapy and upper limb injuries. Harrison is located across our Traralgon and Drouin clinics where his easy-going personality will strive to get the best outcome for your upper limb injury.

Book a senior therapist consultation

Ben, our senior therapist, will offer advice on any management strategies you may need. Please note, if you request ongoing care, you will only have to pay our current rates. We do not charge Worksafe and TAC clients for any consultations.

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