External rotation method of shoulder dislocation reduction

Mark J. Mirick, Joseph E. Clinton, Ernest Ruiz

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We used the external rotation method for reducing anterior shoulder dislocations on 85 consecutive patients seen in our emergency department during a one-year period. In relatively inexperienced hands, the external rotation method was successful on first attempt in 80% of cases. There were no complications attributable to the technique itself. We feel that it is a successful, easy, and atraumatic method of achieving reduction in both first occurrence and recurrent anterior shoulder dislocations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-531
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American College of Emergency Physicians
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1979

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Funding Information:
From the Department of Emergency Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Presented at the University Association for Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, May 1979. This study was supported in part by PHS Grant No. 1416043690A3. Address for reprints: Joseph E. Clinton, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center, 701 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415.

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  • dislocation, shoulder, rotation


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