Elbow dislocation is injury to the elbow where the joint is disrupted.
Elbow dislocations commonly occur in both children and adults. They usually occur as a result of a fall onto an outstretched hand. The elbow can dislocate in all directions although most commonly it is posterolateral. The lateral and medial collateral ligaments are commonly disrupted as a result of elbow dislocations. Radial head and coronoid process fractures may also be associated with this injury. This injury may be treated with closed reduction and splinting although, if the reduction is unstable or has concomitant issues, it may need to be treated surgically. Please refer to our “Procedures” section for more information.
Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.