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Orthop Clin North Am. 2002 Jul;33(3):479-95.

Acute shoulder and elbow dislocations in the athlete.

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Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, 1313 Thirteenth Street, South Birmingham, AL 35244, USA.


Dislocations of the elbow are less common than shoulder dislocations. The primary treatment is conservative, with a conscious effort toward early mobilization. Recurrence is rare, and improvement in function and motion can be expected for up to 1 year. Operative treatment should be reserved for baseball pitchers and cases of complex instability.

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