How can injuries be prevented during reduction of shoulder dislocation?

Updated: Aug 17, 2018
  • Author: Anantha K Mallia, DO, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Injuries may occur as a consequence of reduction. These may be minimized by applying the smallest effective amount of force during reduction with traction and leverage techniques so as to avoid the formation or exacerbation of existing fractures or vascular (eg, hemarthrosis) or nerve injuries (eg, neurapraxia). New fractures rarely appear on postreduction films.


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