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Sports Injury Guide: The Common Types of Sports Injuries

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Updated April 17, 2014

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Part 8 of 10 - Dislocations: Common Joint Dislocations

Dislocations

When the two bones that come together to form a joint become separated, the joint is described as being dislocated. Contact sports such as football and basketball, as well as high-impact sports and sports that can result in excessive stretching or falling, cause the majority of dislocations.

Dislocations Require Medical Treatment

A dislocated joint is an emergency situation that requires medical treatment.

The joints most likely to be dislocated are some of the hand joints. Aside from these joints, the joint most frequently dislocated is the shoulder. Dislocations of the knees, hips, and elbows are uncommon.

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