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Use of the scapular manipulation method to reduce an anterior shoulder dislocation in the supine position

W L Doyle, T Ragar
Annals of Emergency Medicine 1996, 27 (1): 92-4
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We report the successful use of the scapular manipulation method to reduce an anterior shoulder dislocation in a multiply traumatized patient in the supine position. We discuss the treatment options for multiply traumatized patients with anterior shoulder dislocations in whom cervical spine injury is a possibility. Although larger patient studies are necessary for confirmation, we show that in this particular case the scapular manipulation technique was safely employed. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of use of the scapular manipulation method with the patient in the supine position.

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