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Shoulder Case 12 Management

Reduction should be performed promptly via traction/counter traction unless there is significant associated humeral fracture. Consult orthopedics urgently if there is fracture-dislocation. Avoid other traditional reduction techniques that may involve leverage (i.e. external rotation). Repeat and document the neurovascular exam after reduction attempts.

The patient should be kept in shoulder immobilization for 2-3 weeks and should follow up with orthopedics.

Avascular necrosis is rare in this population and outcomes after inferior shoulder dislocations are generally good.