Recurring Dislocation of the Elbow
Elbow instability is a loose elbow joint that may cause the elbow to catch or come out of alignment. When the elbow repeatedly feels loose or unstable, it is called chronic elbow instability and may cause damage to the elbow joint.
Causes of elbow instability include:
- Elbow deformity
- Overuse injury
- Trauma (such as a fall)
Symptoms, Diagnosis and Outlook
Symptoms of elbow instability or chronic elbow instability, include:
- Clicking sound in joint
- Feeling of the joint catching
- Feeling of loose joint
- Pain with movement
- Sliding out of joint
Diagnosis for upper extremity fracture may include:
- Physical exam
- CT scan
- MRI scan
Elbow instability can be treated with physical therapy and activity modification. If you suffer from chronic instability, ligament reconstruction surgery, may be a treatment option.
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