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Orthop Clin North Am. 2000 Apr;31(2):217-29.

Shoulder dislocations in the young patient.

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Resident, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, USA.


Shoulder dislocations are often seen in young patients, particularly those patients involved in collision sports. A conservative approach to treating these injuries includes protection from early re-injury, rehabilitation, and gradual return to athletics and use. It is important to recognize associated injuries such as fractures and nerve injuries. Surgical management is considered early for the small subgroup with the highest risk of recurrence: young athletes suffering a first traumatic dislocation returning to competitive athletics. Late operative repair is reserved for those who fail extensive nonoperative management.

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