Dislocations in Reno and Carson City

Swift Institute is pleased to provide first-rate treatment for dislocations at our various locations throughout Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and neighboring communities. We’ve been serving this area since 1966, during which time we’ve helped tens of thousands of patients. We take a comprehensive approach to patient care, and our team includes doctors, physical therapists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

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What causes dislocations?

Dislocations occur when the bones in a joint are forced out of position, typically due to a fall or sudden impact (such as those sustained in contact sports). Any joint in the body can become dislocated, including those in the jaw, shoulders, elbows, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, and toes. Patients can be seen same day at our orthopedic walk-in clinics in Reno and Sparks.

What are the symptoms of a dislocation?

A dislocation will cause intense pain in the area of the injury, and may even make it impossible to move the affected joint. Symptoms of a dislocation may also include:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Visible deformity

How are dislocations treated?

Dislocations are an emergency and require immediate medical attention. Treatment will depend on the location and severity of the dislocation, but doctors often treat dislocations using a closed reduction procedure, which involves gently easing the bones back into place. Treatment for dislocations may also involve:

  • Gentle exercise
  • Heat/cold therapy
  • Pain medication
  • Immobilization (using a sling or splint)
  • Periodic rest
  • Rehabilitation

In some severe cases, surgery might be needed to realign the affected bones or to tighten the nearby ligaments and tendons. Unfortunately, once a joint is dislocated, it’s often more likely to dislocate again in the future, so it’s important to exercise caution moving forward.

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