Treatments & Conditions | Hand Microsurgery in Erie, PA

Elbow Dislocation

When the joint surfaces of an elbow are separated, the elbow is dislocated. In a complete elbow dislocation, the joint surfaces are completely separated. In a partial dislocation, the joint surfaces are only partially separated. Elbow dislocations are not common and typically occur when a person falls onto an outstretched hand. When the hand hits the ground, the force is sent to the elbow, usually with a twisting motion. This can drive and rotate the elbow out of its socket.

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