What are the disadvantages 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 disadvantages are as follows:

  • The borders of the scapula are difficult to locate in obese patients
  • Assistance is needed for traction if the patient is prone and weights are unavailable or if the patient is seated

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