Deformities Caused by Fractures, Dislocations, and Severe Sprains
dislocations, and severe
sprains often cause a limb or joint to look twisted,
bent out of shape, or out of its normal position. Fractures, dislocations, and
severe sprains can also cause:
A feeling that a bone popped or moved out of
A loose or unstable joint.
Abnormal movement of
a limb or joint.
A locked joint (can't bend or straighten
Cool, pale skin or numbness and tingling at or below the
injury, if nerves or blood vessels were injured or pinched by the
A fracture may also cause a break or tear in
the skin. The broken bone may poke through the skin in some cases. Skin
bacteria can enter at the injured site and cause a deep joint or bone infection
in addition to a skin infection.
A dislocated bone may also damage blood
vessels, nerves, ligaments, tendons, and muscles that are close to the
A sprain may cause so much swelling that it
may be hard to tell whether another underlying injury is present.
Sprains can be mild, moderate, or severe.
An evaluation by a health professional may be needed if you have an
injury that causes a limb or joint to look twisted, bent out of shape, or out
its normal position.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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