Dislocations

A dislocation happens when a force pushes one bone of a joint over the other. A dislocation should be put back in place as soon as possible by a trained professional.

Treating a dislocation
Seek urgent medical help to put the joint back in place.
Do not use ice or heat on the joint until it has been popped back in.
Once the dislocated joint has been popped back in it will usually need to be immobilised for some time with a splint or brace to give the joint capsule, tendons and ligaments time to heal.

Follow RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) to reduce the swelling and pain once the dislocated joint has been put back in place.

Information courtesy of Cole’s therapy & injury clinic

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