Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Some dislocated elbows go back into place by themselves. Most, however, need a doctor to manipulate the bones back into their proper alignment. This procedure is called a reduction.

Medications

Before the reduction you or your child may be given medications to relieve pain and relax muscles.

Therapy

After the joint's bones are back in their normal alignment, you or your child might need to wear a splint or sling for a few weeks. You might also need to do physical therapy exercises to improve the joint's range of motion and strength.

Surgery

You might need surgery if:

  • Any of the dislocated bones have also been broken
  • Torn ligaments need to be reattached
  • Damaged nerves or blood vessels need repair
April 03, 2015

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