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Information About Dislocations of a Joint

A joint dislocation is an injury that occurs when the normal alignment of a joint is dislocated, or separated abnormally. Common dislocations include shoulder dislocations and finger dislocations.

What Does 'Double-Jointed' Mean?
People use the term double jointed to describe people who can bend their joints excessively. In truth, though, these people do not have extra or double joints. The reality is these "double-jointed" individuals have the same number of joints as the rest of us.

Knee Dislocation
A knee dislocation is a serious injury that occurs when the end of the thigh bone looses contact with the top of the shin bone. A knee dislocation must be repositioned, as the important nerves and blood vessels evaluated. Treatment of a knee dislocation usually requires surgery to repair damaged ligaments.

Subluxation
Subluxation of a joint is a condition where the joint begins to dislocate. A joint dislocation occurs when the two sides of the joint lose contact.

Shoulder Dislocation
A shoulder dislocation is an injury that occurs when the top of the arm bone (humerus) loses contact with the shoulder blade (scapula).

Patellar Subluxation & Dislocation
Also called an unstable kneecap, patients who experience this painful knee condition have a patella that does not track evenly within its groove on the femur.

Finger Dislocation
A finger dislocation is a displacement of the bones of the finger from their normal position.

Shoulder Separation
A shoulder separation occurs when you tear the ligaments that hold your collarbone (clavicle) to the joint where it meets the shoulder blade.

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