Anterior shoulder dislocation. A simple and rapid method for reduction

C D Westin, E A Gill, M E Noyes, M Hubbard
American Journal of Sports Medicine 1995, 23 (3): 369-71
Anterior shoulder dislocation is a common skiing injury. Several methods are available for reduction of shoulder dislocations. We evaluated a method for reduction of anterior shoulder dislocation that has not previously appeared in the literature. This method is performed with the patient seated in a chair with the chair used as countertraction. The physician applies traction to the affected shoulder using downward pressure on a loop of stockinette wrapped around the patient's forearm. Our method was successful in 97% of 118 anterior dislocations with no complications. Ninety-three percent were performed without the use of narcotic analgesia.

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