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