A dislocation is when two connected bones become separated. Dislocations are caused by falls and hard impacts, such as in sports injuries, and are more common in teens than young children. These injuries require emergency medical care to avoid further damage.
A joint is where two or more bones come together. A joint may be dislocated if it is:
If you think your child has a dislocation, seek emergency medical care or call 911. Until care is received, do the following:
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014
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