What is the prevalence of posterior shoulder dislocations?

Updated: Aug 17, 2018
  • Author: Anantha K Mallia, DO, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Posterior shoulder dislocations are considerably less common, accounting for no more than 4% of all shoulder dislocations. Perhaps for this reason, many posterior shoulder dislocations are initially missed by treating physicians, and diagnosis is delayed in nearly all cases. [2] Failure to diagnose and treat posterior dislocations promptly can result in complications, including recurrent dislocations, avascular necrosis of the humeral head, degenerative disease, and chronic pain.


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