General characteristics

General characteristics

A dislocation (also called a luxation) arises when a structure (such as a bone) is moved from its normal position and is no longer properly aligned. A partial dislocation is called a subluxation.

It often happens in a joint when bones that are usually held in place by the joint structure become separated, either from an impact trauma to the joint, from weakness or damage to ligaments or as a result of joint disease. Dislocations are also a common problem in those who suffer from hypermobility syndrome, a genetic condition whereby the joints and connective tissues are weak and overly flexible.

Damage can occur in the surrounding structures and tissues resulting from rubbing and pressure. Nerves may be trapped or pinched, blood vessels may rupture and muscles and tendons may be damaged.

Symptoms include pain and swelling, a 'deformed' look to the joint, bruising and reduced movement in the affected joint. Common sites for dislocation include shoulders, knees, fingers, wrists, jaw and elbows.

Dislocations should be treated with good care and set back in their proper place as soon as possible, then rested and given time to heal.

Herbs and natural treatments aim to reduce pain and swelling at the time of dislocation, speed healing of the joint and strengthen the joint structure and surrounding tissues in order to prevent further episodes.

Diet and lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle

Eat foods rich in calcium and magnesium such as fresh carrot juice, any dark green leaves, vegetables, fruits, yoghurts and dairy, seeds and nuts.

Vitamin C is essential for the formation of collagen, a connective tissue so include plenty of vitamin C rich foods such as berries and citrus fruits.

Avoid sugar, salt, fizzy drinks, caffeine and alcohol as these strip nutrients from the bones and joints and will delay and hinder healing.

Include plenty of foods rich in silica, and zinc such as pumpkin seeds, legumes, wholegrains, cucumbers, sweet peppers, celery and seafood.

Useful herbs

Useful herbs

A very useful formula providing masses of calcium, iron, magnesium, silica and many other useful nutrients could include nettle, raspberry leaf, alfalfa, agrimony, oatstraw, boneset and horsetail. Mix equal parts of the herbs with half the amount of horsetail (e.g. 25g of each and 12g of horsetail). Take 3 cups daily for a few weeks to enhance healing.

The plant solomons seal is well known to herbalists for its beneficial actions on bone and joint healing. It strengthens loose ligaments and tendons, soothes and repairs damaged joints and tissues, relieves pain and inflammation and provides lasting nutrition. It is very useful, taken in small doses as a preventative, for those who suffer from regular dislocations, tendonitis or repetitive strain injury. The tincture can be simply rubbed into the affected joints.

Comfrey root tea or ointment can be applied externally to the reset joint to greatly reduce healing time, reduce inflammation and feed the joint tissues.

St johns wort tea or tincture used externally can also help reduce pain and inflammation.

Fenugreek seeds can be made into a tea and washed over the affected joints once they have been set back into position. Turmeric powder can also be added to the mix.

Natural healing

Natural healing

Bathing the joint in heavily salted cold water can quickly reduce swelling and inflammation.
Make a soothing poultice from powdered fenugreek seed and honey and apply to the affected joint.
Mix arnica tincture in an equal amount of water and bathe the joint with the mixture.

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