How is an elbow dislocation diagnosed?
Acute elbow dislocations should be evaluated emergently by medical personnel. Elbow dislocation are typically easy to diagnose given the dramatic deformity that accompany these injuries. Radiographs are helpful in diagnosing elbow dislocations. Immediate joint reduction is needed to prevent damage to the nerves and blood vessels of the arm. Once emergently treated, affected individuals should be seen by an elbow specialist.
Upon evaluating a patient who has suffered an elbow dislocation, Dr. Williams will discuss how the injury occurred and perform a physical exam. Imaging tests, such as x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs will help determine the injuries sustained to the bones and ligaments from the dislocation. It is important to have an orthopedic elbow specialist like Dr. Williams, evaluate your elbow dislocation to achieve the best possible outcome.