You know for 100% certain when you have a dislocated joint. In a nutshell, dislocations are joint injuries that force the ends of your bones out of their normal position. The cause of most dislocations is equally divided between falls or impacts to the body. When a dislocation occurs the joint is rigid and immobile. Areas of the body that are commonly dislocated include ankles, knees, shoulders, hips, elbows, finger and toe joints. A dislocated joint is swollen, painful and usually visibly out of place.

If you have dislocated a joint, get medical help. The treatment that you will be given will depend on the specific joint you have dislocated. For smaller dislocations such as finger, shoulder or toes bones, a manual manipulation (using the hands to move the bone back into position) will usually be done.

After repositioning, the joint will usually be in a splint or sling to keep it fully in place until the joint is healed. Most dislocations will function normally again in a few weeks. However, you need to be on the lookout for those areas of your body that have been previously dislocated as once you have a dislocation of the shoulder or knee, you are more likely to suffer a repeat of the same injury if an impact occurs on those joints. Wearing wraps, pads or other protective gear during participation in physical activities will help keep the odds in your favor that you won’t be repeating this adventure.