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Health Tip: Have a Dislocated Joint?

Health Tip: Have a Dislocated Joint?

03/10/11

(HealthDay News) -- A dislocation occurs when two bones that meet at a joint become separated. The ADAM Encyclopedia says this may damage nearby ligaments, nerves and blood vessels.

ADAM says it may be difficult to distinguish the following symptoms from those of a broken bone, both of which require immediate treatment. It mentions these potential warning signs of a dislocated joint:

  • A tingling sensation or numb feeling in or around the joint.
  • Severe pain, particularly when trying to move or put weight on the joint.
  • Limited range of motion.
  • Swelling or bruising.
  • Unusual color or shape.
  • A joint that obviously looks as if it's distorted or out of place.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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