Elbow Dislocations

In children, the elbow is the most common dislocated major joint, whereas in adults, the elbow is the second most common, after the shoulder. Dislocations represent about 10% to 25% of all elbow injuries. Like other upper extremity injuries, elbow dislocations can occur from direct trauma, a FOOSH (fall on an outstretched hand) injury, or a strong directional or levering force on the elbow. Elbow dislocations typically occur in children older than 13 years, after the physes around the elbow are closed. Before this age, the physes are open and ...

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