A dislocation is an injury in which a bone is displaced from its proper position. Unless there are accompanying fractures or tissue damage, a simple dislocation may be manipulated back into place. Recovery may include immobilizing the area where dislocation occurred.
Update Date 4/12/2012
Updated by: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.