Dislocations are not uncommon following trauma or injury.  Joints that dislocate are commonly seen in the younger population.  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.  Aggressive sports or sports pushing bodies to their limits can increase this risk of dislocation.  Should a joint be dislocated then it is important to make sure it is relocated immediately.  This may 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 may need to 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 or GP will be able to give you advice regarding the period of immobility required and exercises and rehabilitation of the injured part.  An x-ray may be required to rule out any bone damage.  At Grange Physiotherapy in Rockingham we will assess the joint thoroughly, treat to regain full movement and then progress to a specific exercise program for optimum results.

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