Shoulder Dislocation in Emergency Medicine Questions & Answers

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Sharon R Wilson, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is shoulder dislocation?

What is the prevalence of shoulder dislocation?

What is the prognosis of shoulder dislocation?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of shoulder dislocation?

Which physical findings are characteristic of anterior shoulder dislocation?

Which physical findings are characteristic of posterior shoulder dislocation?

Which physical findings are characteristic of inferior shoulder dislocation?

What causes shoulder dislocation?

What are the possible complications of shoulder dislocation?

How are fractures and soft-tissue injuries diagnosed and treated in patients with shoulder dislocation?

How is an axillary nerve injury diagnosed and treated in patients with shoulder dislocation?

How are vascular injuries diagnosed and treated in patients with shoulder dislocation?

DDX

What is the prevalence of comorbid fractures and soft-tissue injuries in shoulder dislocations?

What are the differential diagnoses for Shoulder Dislocation in Emergency Medicine?

Workup

What is the role of radiography in the diagnosis of shoulder dislocation?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of shoulder dislocation?

Treatment

How are shoulder dislocations treated?

What is reduction performed for the treatment of shoulder dislocation?

What is the role of traction-countertraction in the treatment of shoulder dislocation?

What is included in the treatment of shoulder dislocation following reduction?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of shoulder dislocation?

Medications

Which medications are used in the treatment of shoulder dislocation?

Which medications in the drug class Analgesics are used in the treatment of Shoulder Dislocation in Emergency Medicine?