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Complete separation of the articular surfaces of a joint, such that they are no longer opposed.

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LogoWarningBox4.pngAssess neurovascular status in all limb injuries


  • Pain
  • Deformity
  • Reduced range of movement
  • History of trauma

Treatment (reduction)

  • Closed reduction
  • Closed reduction under GA
  • Open reduction


  • Associated nerve injuries
  • Associated vascular injuries
  • Fracture-dislocation
  • Joint instability/recurrent dislocation