What is an elbow dislocation?
Elbow dislocations can be complete or partial and occur when the joint surfaces of the elbow become separated. This usually occurs due to trauma, such as a fall onto an outstretched hand or accident. In a complete dislocation, the joint surfaces are completely separated. In a partial dislocation (also called a subluxation), the joint surfaces are only partly separated.
If the injury is simple (consisting of a dislocation with no associated fracture or severe ligament injury), nonsurgical treatment is often possible to realign the elbow and restore movement. If a complex dislocation is present (involving further injuries to the elbow, such as fractures or ligament damage), surgical treatment will likely be necessary.
Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for elbow dislocations and a wide variety of other elbow conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide and Darwin. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.