Podcast #317: Elbow Dislocation
Release Date: 04/11/2018
Author: John Winkler, M.D.
● Lower mechanisms of injury have a lower chance of an associated fracture or major ligament injury
● One major concern is having a fracture fragment in the joint (can lead to chronic arthritic pain)
● Evaluation should involve checking the neurovascular status of the arm and reduce the fracture as soon as possible. Immobilize arm in a sling and consult orthopedics if there is intra-articular involvement.
Mehta, JA; Bain, GI. (2004). Elbow dislocations in adults and children. Clinics in Sports Medicine. 23(4):609-27.