Dislocation occurs when the bones at a joint are forcibly knocked or twisted apart, this causes severe pain, sometimes nausea, inability to move the joint, swelling, bruising, and obvious deformity.
For the first aider, dislocations are often difficult to distinguish from a Fracture, so should be treated as such. Do not attempt to straighten or realign the joint; simply support the affected joint as comfortably as possible with cushions or coats, and contact Emergency Medical Services.
If the jaw or shoulder is dislocated, and dislocation has occurred before (jaws and shoulders have a tendency to keep dislocating), take the person to the nearest Accident and Emergency department; apply a sling to the arm to minimize jolting and jarring during the journey.
Specific remedies to be taken 4-hourly for up to 3 doses
- To promote healing after dislocation Ruta 30c