Which equipment is required for the reduction of shoulder dislocations?

Updated: Aug 17, 2018
  • Author: Anantha K Mallia, DO, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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The equipment required depends on the technique used (see Technique), as follows:

  • The Stimson technique requires 5- to 10-lb weights, weight straps, and sheets or extra straps
  • The traction-countertraction technique requires several sheets or wide straps
  • The axial (inline) traction technique requires a lengthwise-folded or rolled-up bed sheet
  • Scapular manipulation, external rotation, the Milch technique, the Spaso technique, and two-step reduction require no equipment

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