SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Signs and symptoms of a dislocated elbow commonly include:
- Extreme pain
- Obvious distortion of the joint
In some cases, the elbow may be only partially dislocated, which can cause bruising and pain where the ligaments were stretched or torn.
When to see a doctor
Seek immediate medical attention if you or your child has experienced a dislocated elbow.
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