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Elbow Dislocation

An elbow is dislocated when the bones that make up the joint are separated. Once a joint is separated, it is more likely to happen again.


  • Numbness or tingling at the joint and surrounding area
  • Intense pain
  • Limited movement
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Visibly out of place or misshapen


  • Some dislocated elbows may pop back into place without help, but it’s likely a doctor will need to place the bones back into proper alignment in what’s called a reduction.
  • A splint or sling may be necessary for a few weeks.
  • Physical therapy can improve range of motion and strength.