What are the signs of successful 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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Signs of a successful reduction include the following:

  • Palpable or audible clunk
  • Return of rounded shoulder contour
  • Relief of pain
  • Increase in range of motion (eg, the patient can touch the opposite shoulder with the palm of the affected arm)

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