A dislocation occurs when two bones become separated at the joint where they should meet. Ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels can become damaged as result of a dislocation, since the bone is no longer in its normal position.


Dislocations are commonly caused by a sudden impact, such as a blow, fall, or other trauma to the joint.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a dislocated joint include numbness or tingling at or beyond the joint, intense pain- especially when bearing weight, restricted range of motion, swelling, bruising, and visibly out of place, discolored, or misshapen.


Most dislocations are treated in a physician’s office or in the emergency room. Medications may be prescribed and, in some cases, general anesthesia may be used in the operating room.