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    Understanding Dislocation

    Understanding Dislocation -- the Basics

    What Is a Dislocation?

    Basically, "dislocation" means that the bones that form the joint have slipped out of their normal position in the joint. A joint can become dislocated if you injure yourself.

    Dislocations can occur in any joint -- both the large joints (such as the shoulder, hip, knee, elbow and ankle) or in the smaller joints (like fingers and toes).

    Understanding Dislocation

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    Sometimes, the bones of the joint will shift, but not become totally dislocated. This is called subluxation (slippage) and can be a chronic problem. While the bones will shift back into their original position, you may feel some pain until they do.

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    It is often difficult to tell whether the injury is a dislocated joint or a broken bone. A severe injury can result in both a dislocated joint and broken bone. All are considered emergency situations requiring immediate medical attention.

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on March 03, 2015
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