Your doctor may order the following tests to examine your injury:
To treat your dislocation, your doctor will first need to assess the site and severity of your injury. This would include the use of radiological investigations, such as a CT scan.
Possible treatments include:
Your joint will need to be reduced. Some anaesthetic along with sedation may be administered in order to relax the muscles and provide pain-relief in order to help with this process.
Once your joint is reduced. It will be splinted order to immobilise said joint and allow it to heal. In the meantime your doctor may perform additional radiological investigations to determine if further treatment is required.
If there is a block to reduction, surgical reduction may be needed to clear the structures which may be impeding it. Surgery may also be needed for recurrent dislocations in order to repair or reconstruct the structures around the joint such as its ligaments.
Physiotherapy may be required to help you regain and restore the range of motion and strength. Your physiotherapist will start you on a gradual rehabilitation programme after your splint or sling is removed, in concert with your doctor’s advice.
You may like to try these lifestyle and home remedies to alleviate your discomfort and promote healing after treatment for a dislocation injury.
Avoid repeating the action that caused your injury or any movements that cause pain.
Try the following steps:
Medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen can help relieve pain.
Do gentle exercises recommended by your doctor or physiotherapist to help maintain range of motion in your injured joint. Total inactivity is not advisable as it can cause stiff joints.