Dislocated Joint InformationJuly 31, 2014
On average, there are over 6 million automobile accidents nationwide each year, resulting in over 3 million injuries. Of these injuries it is not uncommon for individuals to suffer from dislocated joints. Dislocated joints occur when the bones are forced out of their normal positions. These injuries can cause excruciating pain and result in other major complications.
Here in Alabama, we are seeing an increase in the number of automobile accidents each year. The Alabama Transportation Department stated that; Alabama residents have a 48 percent chance of being involved in an automobile accident resulting in injury or death.
Some of the most common dislocated joints include:
Many times older individuals will suffer from dislocated shoulders, whereas younger individuals will suffer more from dislocated elbows. If you or a loved one has suffered from a dislocated joint as a result of an automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, damages, and loss wages.
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Common Symptoms of a Dislocated Joint
Dislocated joints are serious and sometimes life threatening injuries. When a body part becomes dislocated it will be accompanied by severe pain and loss of function to that body part. It can also result in stretched or torn ligaments. In many cases, the adrenaline associated with these types of accidents will make it difficult to feel any injuries, even dislocated joints.
Not only does this adrenaline rush block your receptors, but it also clouds the mind leaving accident victims flustered. After being involved in an automobile accident, all individuals involved must seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications.
The following are some common symptoms of a dislocated joint that person may notice:
- Limited movement
- Intense pain; especially while trying to move that body part
- Visibly discolored, out of place, or misshapen
- Numbness or tingling
These symptoms will likely continue to linger until the dislocated joint is put back into place by a medical professional. If you have suffered from a dislocated joint due to the negligent actions of another individual, you may be entitled to compensation. Fill out the Free Case Review on this page to learn more.
First Aid for a Dislocated Joint
If you or a passenger in your car is suffering from a dislocated joint, it is important to take immediate action. These steps will help relieve pain and may help to save that person life. We can take action by following the steps listed below.
- Call 911 before you do anything
- Check person’s airway, breathing, and circulation. If necessary, begin CPR or control bleeding.
- Do not move the person if you suspect a head, back, or leg has been injured.
- If the skin is broken, rinse area gently to remove debris, do not scrub or probe. Cover the area with sterile dressing.
- Reduce swelling by applying ice on the joint.
- Try to keep the injured individual calm until medical assistance arrives.
Many times the accident victims may be flustered due to the severity of the symptoms, so it is imperative to call 911 as soon as possible. Citrin Law Firm has over 25 years of litigation experience helping people get the compensation they deserve.
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Treatment for Dislocated Joints
Treatment for dislocated joints may vary depending on the joint that has been dislocated and the severity of the dislocation. These treatments can range from ice therapy to immobilization surgery. Once properly treated, most dislocated joints often regain their full function and that person will be able to resume normal activities of daily living.
Some common treatments for dislocated joints include:
Medical professionals will maneuver the body part in order to put the joint back in its correct position. This typically requires a local anesthetic, especially if there is severe pain and swelling.
Typically medical professionals will place the body part in a splint or sling to immobilize the joint for a number of weeks. The severity of the dislocation will determine how long the splint needs to be worn.
Typically the pain will reduce following the reduction process, however, if the person is still in pain, medical professionals may prescribe muscle relaxers or pain relievers.
If any blood vessels or nerves have been damaged during the injury, surgery may be required. Surgery may also be required if the dislocation cannot be fixed during the reduction process.
Once the splint has been removed and the surgery has been completed, the patient can begin rehabilitation. This is typically performed with physical and occupational therapists to correctly restore the joint to its normal strength and full range of motion.
After the rehabilitation process has been completed, most patients notice they are able to perform the same activities as before the injury.
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Contact An Experienced Auto Injury Attorney
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If you or someone you love has been involved in an automobile accident resulting in a dislocated joint, you deserve payment for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages endured due to your impairment. The Citrin Law Firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of all Alabama residence. To get started call us at 251-888-8888 today.
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