Elbow dislocation injuries occur when the elbow is driven out of its socket. This injury can occur as a result of a traumatic fall or accident and can vary in severity. While all elbow dislocations are extremely painful, they can vary in severity.
At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, our highly-trained, expert specialists can provide you with the treatment you need to recover from an elbow dislocation injury. Simple elbow injuries can be treated with immobilization in a split or a sling but others may require reconstructive surgery to restore the elbow to its natural position. Our team will work alongside you during your surgery and provide you with a personalized rehabilitation plan to ensure a quick and healthy recovery.
If you have sustained an elbow dislocation, do not allow your condition to worsen. Schedule your first consultation with the team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists today. If you’re in an emergency situation, visit the Immediate Care Clinic at our Schaumburg, IL location.
The orthopedic physician will reduce (put back in place) the patient’s elbow by pulling down on the wrist and levering the elbow back into its proper place. This procedure is extremely painful, so powerful pain medications may be given before reduction.
After the patient’s elbow is back in place, the physician will obtain X-rays and then put the patient in a splint that will keep the elbow bent. The splint will be made of fiberglass or plaster and will create an “L” shape around the back of the elbow. The purpose of the splint is to help prevent movement of the arm at the elbow. In addition, the arm will be placed in a sling to help support the splint. If the elbow remains unstable, surgery must then be performed.