An elbow dislocation occurs when the bones of the forearm ( radius and ulna ) move out of place compared with the bone of the upper arm( the humerus). The elbow joint, formed where these 3 bones meet, become dislocated, or out of joint.
A dislocated elbow occurs when the bones that make up the joint are forced out of alignment- typically when a person lands on an outstretched hand during a fall. The elbow is the second most commonly dislocated joint after the shoulder in adults, and the most commonly dislocated in children.
A dislocated elbow can usually be realigned without surgery. A physician may need to manipulate the bones back in to proper alignment ( procedure is called a reduction). A splint or brace may be needed for several weeks followed by a referral to outpatient Occupational Therapy services ( Atlantic Physical Therapy Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine – Occupational Therapy Berlin clinic) for exercises to improve joint range of motion and strength.
Enclosed per patient permission -short video clip of my 16 year old patient sustaining a right elbow dislocation during a wrestling tournament.
Sally Hawkins OTR/L, CHT, CLT
Atlantic Physical Therapy
Check out the video here: https://www.facebook.com/112680622104330/videos/1724807580891618/