What are the indications for closed reduction 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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For an uncomplicated posterior shoulder dislocation that is diagnosed within 6 weeks of injury, reduction in the ED is generally appropriate. A small humeral head defect is not a contraindication for attempting a closed reduction in the ED. A fracture-dislocation with a nondisplaced lesser tuberosity fracture may be treated with a closed reduction.


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