A dislocated joint may be:

  • Visibly deformed or out of place
  • Swollen or discolored
  • Intensely painful
  • Immovable

You may also experience tingling or numbness near or below the injury — such as in your foot for a dislocated knee or in your hand for a dislocated elbow.

When to see a doctor

It can be difficult to tell a broken bone from a dislocated bone. If you or your child appears to have either type of injury, get medical help right away. If possible, ice the joint and keep it immobile while you're waiting for medical treatment.

Jan. 25, 2014