Joints can be dislocated from injury. This usually happens from a fall, an auto accident, or participation in sports.
A dislocation is painful and immobilizes the joint. Examples of affected areas include shoulders, elbows, fingers, ankles, knees, hips, and jaw.
Prompt medical attention is needed to put the joint back in place, followed by several weeks of rest.
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
More than 200,000 US cases per year
Treatable by a medical professional
Lab tests or imaging often required
Short-term: resolves within days to weeks