Dislocations are not uncommon in sports injuries or trauma.  Common joints that dislocate are shoulders, fingers, and kneecaps.  As children grow, their bones and muscles develop at different rates, and extra loads can be placed on joints.   Should a joint be dislocated then it is important to make sure it is relocated immediately.  Often this will happen independently but medical help may be needed.  As soon as the joint is relocated then Ice should be applied and the joint needs to rest in a comfortable elevated position.  An elastic compression bandage should be applied to control swelling as soon as possible.  When pain settles gentle movements should be encouraged and specific-strengthening exercises should be commenced.  Your physiotherapist will be able to give you advice regarding exercises and rehabilitation of the injured part.  An x-ray may be required to rule out bone involvement such as a fracture.  Mandurah Physiotherapy is regularly involved in the assessment and rehabilitation of dislocated joint.  Initially, treatment involves regaining full movement and then progression to an exercise and strength program for optimum results.

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