What is a dislocated joint?
A dislocation happens when extreme force is put on a ligament, which causes the ends of two connected bones to separate. By far, the most common type of joint dislocation is a shoulder dislocation, where the arm bone comes out of place the shoulder socket. However, it’s possible to dislocate the joints in other areas of your body too, such as fingers, hips, knees, toes or elbows.
All dislocations require immediate medical attention. Fractures can occur with dislocations, and they may also affect the surrounding muscles, blood vessels or nerves. If you or a loved one may have dislocated a joint, you should seek urgent care from an orthopedic specialist or go to your nearest emergency room.