A dislocation happens when extreme force is put on a ligament. It can occur if your child falls or takes a hit to the body, such as while playing a contact sport.
Ligaments are flexible bands of fibrous tissue. They join various bones and cartilage. They also bind the bones in a joint together. The hip and shoulder joints, for example, are called ball and socket joints. Lots of force on the ligaments in these joints can cause the head of the bone (ball) to partly or fully come out of the socket. The most commonly dislocated joint is the shoulder.
Each child may feel symptoms a bit differently. But below are the most common symptoms a child will have in the dislocated area:
These symptoms may seem like other health problems. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Your child’s healthcare provider makes the diagnosis with an exam. During the exam, he or she will ask about your child’s health history and how the injury happened.
Your child may also need:
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
All dislocations need medical care right away to prevent a bone from breaking. Untreated dislocations can lead to serious problems. Treatment may include:
Your child’s healthcare provider may also recommend:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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