Diagnosing Joint Dislocation: Understanding Your Pain

Joint pain can occur at any age. Diagnosing your joint pain is the first step in recovery. Your joint pain may stem from arthritis, muscle soreness, or be the effect of a dislocation.

A dislocation, as defined by the Mayo Clinic, “is an injury to a joint in which the ends of your bones are forced from their normal positions.”


Common Dislocation Symptoms:

  1. Area of pain can be visibly deformed or out of place.
  2. Swollen or discoloration around or near the area of pain.
  3. Pain become intense.
  4. The joint area becomes immovable.
  5. In some cases, the area may have a tingling or numbness sensation.

It can be difficult to diagnose a broken bone from a dislocated bone. If you experience any of those symptoms be sure to ice the area immediately and keep it immobile, and be sure to get medical treatment for your injury.