Complications of a joint dislocation may include:

  • Tearing of the muscles, ligaments and tendons that reinforce the injured joint
  • Nerve or blood vessel damage in or around your joint
  • Susceptibility to reinjury if you have a severe dislocation or repeated dislocations
  • Development of arthritis in the affected joint as you age

If ligaments or tendons that support your injured joint have been stretched or torn, or if nerves or blood vessels surrounding the joint have been damaged, you may need surgery to repair these tissues.

Jan. 25, 2014