To help prevent a dislocation:

  • Take precautions to avoid falls. Get your eyes checked on a regular basis, and if you're taking medications, ask your doctor if any of those drugs have the potential to make you dizzy. Also, be sure your home is well lighted and that you remove any potential tripping hazards from the areas where you walk.
  • Play safely. Wear the suggested protective gear when you play contact sports.
  • Avoid recurrence. Once you've dislocated a joint, you may be more susceptible to future dislocations. To avoid a recurrence, do strength and stability exercises as recommended by your doctor to improve support of your joint.
Jan. 25, 2014