Physical Therapy for Joint Dislocation

Physical Therapy for Joint Dislocation

New Heights Physical Therapy provides exceptional treatment for joint dislocation in Portland OR and Vancouver WA.Joint dislocation is most frequently the result of traumatic injury, and it can happen in nearly any joint. Dislocations almost always require professional treatment, but some require long-term help to avoid immobility. Here is a quick look at four common joint dislocations and the way that physical therapy can reduce their effects.

Shoulder Joint Dislocation

The shoulder is at high risk of dislocation because of its freedom of movement. The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint held together with numerous ligaments and muscles. Dislocation at the shoulder most often happens through contact sports, but could also be the result of a fall or another activity that presses suddenly on the shoulder.

Knee Joint Dislocation

Knee joint dislocations are also commonly associated with sports injuries or auto accidents. The three important ligaments that hold the knee in place may stretch or tear, and swelling is common. After the knee has been immobilized for a time, research shows that continued treatment with physical therapy can prevent joint immobilization. Active and passive exercises are important for building strength and for preventing the knee from buckling.

Elbow Joint Dislocation

Elbow dislocations are common in children whose arms are not yet strong. In adults, they are rare and are associated with traumatic accidents.

Hip Joint Dislocation

Hip joint dislocations are rare but incredibly serious because of the number of arteries and nerves running through the area. Auto accidents and major falls are the most common causes of this injury. Physical reduction by a physician will be necessary to place the hip back in the pelvis. This must sometimes be done under anesthesia. Once the joint is stable, a physical therapist can improve movement and strength in the following ways:

  • Weight-bearing exercises
  • Exercises to strengthen the areas around the joint
  • Range-of-motion exercises
  • Stabilizing and balance activities
  • Activity reeducation

Joint Dislocation and Physical Therapy Treatment

Any joint that is dislocated requires immediate medical help, to avoid serious consequences to the blood vessels, nerves and muscles that surround the area. Following initial medical treatment can return functional movement to the area and improve strength. If you need treatment for a joint that has been dislocated, contact New Heights Physical Therapy for a consultation. We can help evaluate the current health of your joint, designing a rehabilitation plan to improve your joint’s movement and stability.


Serving Portland OR | Vancouver WA
(503) 236-3108 East Portland
(360) 737-3346 Vancouver Clinic


East Portland
5736 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 236-3108

1700 Broadway St., Suite 101
Vancouver, WA 98663
(360) 737-3346

Physical Therapy for Joint Dislocation in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

Seeing Patients in the following Portland and Vancouver areas:

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(503) 236-3108
(360) 737-3346