When one or more joints can move through a wider range of motion than usual.


In case of pain, start an exercise program approved by a healthcare professional. Use ice, heat, acetaminophen (Tylenol), NSAIDs such as naproxen sodium (Aleve) or a brace.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a healthcare professional right away if a joint:

  • Is stuck out of its usual place, also called dislocated.
  • Hurts badly.

When to make a doctor's appointment

See a healthcare professional if a joint:

  • Is painful or stiff.
  • Is swollen.
  • Seems to be injured.

Last Updated Sep 7, 2023

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