What are the advantages of scapular manipulation for the 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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The advantages of scapular manipulation are as follows:

  • This reduction is tolerated well by patients
  • Reduction can be performed without premedication
  • Minimal force is required
  • Success rates are high - Pishbin et al obtained success rates of 87.5% without medication; this figure rose to 97.3% with the addition of intravenous (IV) midazolam [41]

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