Techniques for reduction of anteroinferior shoulder dislocation

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  • Neil J Cunningham

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    1. Department of Emergency Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
      Dr Neil J Cunningham, Department of Emergency Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital, Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, Vic. 3065, Australia. Email: dr_cunningham@hotmail.com
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    • Neil J Cunningham, MB BS, Registrar.


Dr Neil J Cunningham, Department of Emergency Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital, Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, Vic. 3065, Australia. Email: dr_cunningham@hotmail.com

Abstract

Dislocation of the shoulder joint is common. The shoulder is affected in up to 60% of all major joint dislocations, one study citing an incidence of 1.7% in the general population. The most common form is anteroinferior dislocation. A variety of techniques to reduce shoulder dislocation has been described. The key to successful relocation is a thorough understanding of the anatomy of both the enlocated and the dislocated shoulder joint.

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