Joint Dislocations

(Shoulder, Elbow, Knee & Hip)

What are joint dislocations and how are they treated?

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What Is a Joint Dislocation?

A joint dislocation occurs when one or more of the bones within a joint is pushed forcefully out of its correct anatomical position and is common in the shoulder, elbow, hip, or knee.

Most joint dislocations are caused by either an accident or a direct blow to the joint.

It is important to seek immediate medical attention after a dislocation occurs as other trauma to the joint, ligaments, or soft tissue may also have occurred.

Attempting to relocate the joint yourself is dangerous and should not be attempted.

If you have a joint dislocation the symptoms can include:


  • Pain in the joint
  • A visible deformity in the joint
  • Reduced mobility of the joint
  • Swelling and discoloration of the joint
  • Numbness or tingling around the joint

The Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at OrthoNeuro have helped thousands of patients with joint dislocations return to an active and healthy lifestyle using a variety of treatment options.

How Is a Joint Dislocation Treated at OrthoNeuro?

Almost all joint dislocations do not require surgery but do require the joint to be placed back into the correct position (reduction). 

At OrthoNeuro, our specialists will use gentle maneuvers to place the joint back into the correct position as well as examine if any tendon, ligament, or tissue damage has occurred.

Physical therapy may also be required to strengthen the joint.

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today!

If you have been experiencing symptoms of joint dislocation, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 

We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you.

Our Specialists

B. Rodney Comisar, MD, FAAOS

Orthopedic Surgeon

Jeremy R. Mathis, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Michael B. Cannone, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Mark E. Gittins, DO, FAOAO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Keith A. LaDu, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Scott P. Stephens, MD

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon

Benjamin W. Szerlip, DO

Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeon

Jeffrey E. Gittins, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Desmond J. Stutzman, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

James C. Cassandra, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

Gary M. Millard, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

“I love this group of Doctors. They have specialists to cover what ever part of the body is in need of treatment. Every doctor i have seen in this practice have had a very good bedside manner and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this practice for all your orthopedic and neurological needs”

Teresa H.

Patient