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Prompt medical care for a shoulder dislocation prevents repeat dislocations

Prompt and appropriate treatment of an acute dislocated shoulder can minimise risk for future dislocations as well as the effects of related bone, muscle and nerve injuries, according to a literature review appearing in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). In 2011, shoulder dislocations accounted for 175,641 emergency department visits in the USA, although some patients chose to reset the joint without any medical assistance. “We do not recommend self-setting of shoulder