SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
A dislocated joint may be:
- Visibly deformed or out of place
- Swollen or discolored
- Intensely painful
You may also experience tingling or numbness near the injury — such as in your foot for a dislocated knee or in your hand for a dislocated elbow.
When to see a doctor
It can be difficult to tell a broken bone from a dislocated bone. If you or your child appears to have either type of injury, get medical help right away.
While you're waiting for medical attention:
- Don't move the joint. Splint or sling the affected joint in its current position. Don't try to move a dislocated joint or force it back into place. This can damage the joint and its surrounding muscles, ligaments, nerves and even blood vessels.
- Ice the injured joint. Applying ice to the injured joint can help reduce pain and swelling by controlling internal bleeding and the buildup of fluids in and around the injured joint.
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