Herbal Home Remedies
Elbow Dislocation Connect Us on FB
Abdominal Injury
Achilles Tendon
Ankle Bone Injury
Ankle Strain
Ankle Synovitis
Arm And Shoulder Tenosynovitis
Arm Contusion, Forearm
Arm Contusion, Radial Nerve
Arm Contusion, Upper Arm Injury
Arm Exostosis
Arm Fracture, Forearm
Arm Fracture, Humerus
Arm Strain, Biceps Injury
Arm Strain, Forearm
Arm Strain, Triceps
Arm Strain, Upper Arm
Back, Ruptured Disk Injury
Back Sprain, Lumbo Dorsal Region Injury
Back Sprain, Sacroiliac Region Injury
Back Strain, Dorsal or Thoracic Spine Region
Back Strain, Lumbar Spine Region
Bee Sting
Bladder or Urethra Injury
Breast Contusion
Breastbone Sprain
Buttock Contusion
Chest Muscle Strain
Collarbone Area Strain, Deltoid Muscle
Collarbone (Clavicle) Contusion
Collarbone Dislocation - Shoulder Joint
Collarbone Fracture, Outer End
Collarbone Fracture, Shaft Midportion
Corneal Abrasion
Dog Bites
Ear Injury
Elbow Bursitis, Radio-Humeral
Elbow Contusion, Ulnar Nerve
Elbow Contusion
Elbow Dislocation
Elbow Fracture, Coronoid Process
Elbow Fracture, Epicondyle
Elbow Fracture, Lower Humerus
Elbow Fracture, Radius
Elbow Fracture, Ulna
Elbow Sprain
Elbow Strain
Elbow Tendinitis or Epicondylitis
Eye Injury
Face Contusion
Spider Bites
Tick Bites
Health Tip

Home :: Elbow Dislocation

Elbow Dislocation

An injury to the elbow joint so that adjoining bones are displaced from their normal position and no longer touch each other. An elbow dislocation is usually a surgical emergency because damage to nerves and blood vessels is common and severe.


  • Elbow joint.
  • Adjoining arm bones (ulna, radius and humerus).
  • Collateral ligament of the elbow.
  • Soft tissue surrounding the dislocation, including nerves, tendons, muscles and blood vessels.


  • Direct blow to the elbow.
  • Fall onto an outstretched hand.
  • End result of a severe elbow sprain.
  • Congenital elbow abnormality, such as shallow or malformed joint surfaces.
  • Powerful muscle contractions.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Excruciating pain at the time of injury.
  • Loss of elbow function.
  • Severe pain when attempting to move the elbow.
  • Visible deformity if the dislocated bones have locked in the dislocated position. Bones may spontaneously reposition themselves and leave no deformity, but damage is the same.
  • Tenderness over the dislocation.
  • Swelling and bruising around the elbow.
  • Numbness or paralysis in the arm below the dislocation caused by pressure on blood vessels or nerves.
  • Decreased or absent pulse at the wrist because of blood-vessel damage.


Follow your doctor's instructions. These instructions are supplemental.

First Aid

  • Keep the person warm with blankets to decrease the possibility of shock.
  • Cut away clothing if possible, but don't move the injured area to do so.
  • Immobilize the elbow, shoulder and wrist with padded splints in the position they are in. Don't try to manipulate the elbow.
  • Follow the R.I.C.E. plan (rest, ice, compression and elevation) whenever you have swelling, warmth or pain in your elbow.

Continuing Care

  • Splints will be necessary to immobilize the elbow , and sling will be necessary to immobilize the entire arm. The posterior (hind) splint is usually removed 2 weeks after injury, and the anterior(front) splint is removed 1 week later .A sling is used for another week.
  • Use ice soaks 3 or 4 times a day. Fill a bucket with water, and soak the injured area for 20 minutes at a time.
  • Use heat applications if heat feels better.Use heat lamps,hot showers or heating pads.
  • Take whirlpool treatments,if available

Home Diet

  • Drink only water before manipulation or surgery to correct the dislocation. Solid food in your stomach makes vomiting under general anesthesia more hazardous.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet that includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs. Increase fiber and fluid intake to prevent constipation due to decreased activity.
  • Build your overall strength and muscle tone with a long-term conditioning program appropriate for your sport.
  • Wear elbow pads for contact sports.

back to injuries section

Home Remedies || Health Care Blog || Herbal Salves || Herbal Tonics || Herbs || Contact us || Vitamins || Minerals ||

(c)Copyright Best-home-remedies.com. All rights reserved.

Disclaimer : All information on Best-Home-Remedies.com is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, please consult your doctor. We will not be liable for any complications, or other medical accidents arising from the use of any information on this web site.