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    Dislocated Elbow Treatment

    Call 911 if the arm:

    • Is deformed
    • Cannot be moved after injury

    • Is deformed
    • Cannot be moved after injury

    1. Don't Move the Elbow

    • Moving the elbow or trying to put it back into place could cause more damage.

    2. Treat Symptoms

    • Apply ice to reduce swelling while waiting for medical care.

    3. Follow Up

    • The health care provider will examine the arm, check for damage to arteries and nerves, and X-ray the area to check for a broken bone or dislocation.
    • A simple dislocation can be realigned and stabilized in an emergency room using strong pain medication and possibly sedation medication.
    • Sometimes surgery is needed.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on January 23, 2016

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