Elbow dislocations can be partial and this is called a subluxation or they can be complete. A simple dislocation implies that there is no bone involvement such as a fracture. A complex dislocation suggests there is a bone injury such as a fracture.
The most common cause of elbow dislocation is a fall on an outstretched hand. If there is rotation involved when this occurs it can make the joint completely come out of the socket. This usually happens in trauma such as bike or motorcycle accidents.
Elbow dislocation cause deformity and large amounts of pain. There will be large amounts of swelling and bruising.
Elbow dislocation requires a specialist orthopaedic review. Chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments aim to restore strength and function to the elbow. Goals of treatment would include the restoration of elbow mobility, strength and function.