CausesBy Mayo Clinic staff
Causes of dislocations include:
- Sports injuries. Dislocations can occur in contact sports, such as football and hockey, and in sports that may involve falls, such as downhill skiing, gymnastics and volleyball. Basketball players and football players also commonly dislocate joints in their fingers and hands by accidentally striking the ball, the ground or another player.
- Trauma not related to sports. A hard blow to a joint during a motor vehicle accident is a common cause of dislocation.
- Falls. You may dislocate a joint during a fall.
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