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 “Treatments” section for more information.
As our patient, you will have an in-depth consultation with one of our doctors. We will create an individualized treatment plan together, tailored to your problem and lifestyle. Our doctors prefer non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy and/or injections. If your problem ultimately does require surgery, our doctors prefer the least invasive surgical techniques possible. Our goals are the same as yours: to get you back to living your best life, pain free.