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.