A dislocation is an injury in which a bone is displaced from its proper position. Unless there are accompanying fractures or tissue damage, a simple dislocation may be manipulated back into place. Recovery may include immobilizing the area where dislocation occurred.
Review Date 4/9/2018
Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.