Conditions + Treatments

Dislocations in Children

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You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Orthopedic Center have treated thousands of babies and children with many bone-related conditions.  We provide expert diagnosis, treatment and care, and we benefit from our advanced clinical and scientific research.

Our bones and cartilage are connected with flexible bands of fibrous tissue, called ligaments. When extreme force is put on a ligament, the ends of two connected bones can separate, causing a dislocation.

Treatment of dislocated bones at Boston Children's HospitalLigaments also bind the bones in a joint together. Stress on joint ligaments can lead to dislocation of the joint.

•   The most commonly dislocated joint is the shoulder
•   Dislocations are uncommon in younger children; they are more prone to
    a fracture
•   Remember, initial treatment of a dislocation includes R.I.C.E. — rest, ice,
    compression and elevation

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