What is the most common adverse outcome after 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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Recurrence is the most common complication adverse outcome after reduction, especially in young active patients. Age at the time of dislocation is inversely related to the rate of recurrence. [11] Common fractures (eg, Hill-Sachs deformity or Bankart fracture) require prompt orthopedic follow-up because they are associated with increased joint instability and a higher risk of redislocation. After evaluation of the shoulder’s postreduction range of motion, immediate immobilization with a sling and swathe is crucial to prevent recurrence.

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