Simple elbow dislocation

Paul M. Robinson*, Emmet Griffiths, Adam C. Watts

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The elbow is the second most commonly dislocated major joint in adults. Good long-term outcomes have been reported after non-operative management; however, a small proportion (<10%) of patients have a poor outcome and some do require surgical intervention. A review of the anatomy, pathoanatomy, management and outcomes of simple elbow dislocations is presented. Emphasis is placed on emerging concepts regarding the soft tissue injury, the stabilising structures that are injured, the sequence and mechanism of injury and the relationship to elbow stability. The benefits of nonsurgical and surgical management are discussed and a treatment algorithm based on the pathoanatomy is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-204
Number of pages10
JournalShoulder and Elbow
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017


  • elbow
  • instability
  • simple elbow dislocation


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