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How to pop back in a dislocated shoulder

video How to pop back in a dislocated shoulder
ok - when i was a kid, my left shoulder used to dislocate all the time. i made this clip for a friend that spent over 6 hours at the hospital waiting for someone to pop it back in. since i had the clip i decided to put it here in case it could help anyone else...

You can do it alone, it doesnt involve running in walls or anything violent, you just need to be able to stand up and be on a planet that has a sufficient gravity field.

DISCLAMER - i'm not a doctor. this method worked every time for me, but maybe it wont for everyone so do it at your own risk.
blkhawk2 years ago
I had surgery yesterday for a torn left shoulder rotator cuff. It was the result of an anterior dislocation back in May, the result of falling from a ladder. It is always recommended that a trained professional puts it back in place. If this work for you, great! Thank you for posting and I want to praise you for adding a disclaimer to your project. That is a very responsible action. Many people ask and give health related advice without the proper training.
EmcySquare2 years ago
WATCH OUT !!!

Ask your doctor for any such maneuvers. There are a couple "standard" ones, saddly enough there are no such things as "standard shoulders". Every one has his own and there are a lot of reasons WHY the shoudler pops out.

Here at Instructables we should be confortable with the concept that mechanical failuers of machines, engines or robots may occur for different reasons and there is no single way to fix them all. Same thing for shoulders popping out: find YOUR reason, YOUR way of it popping out and so the correct thing for your putting it back.

Have a doctor teaching you how to do it properly.
A frong manuver could get you an incredible ammount of trouble: should a nerve, muscle or even worst a tiny blood vessel get piched in the joint you might be facing incredible amount of pain or loos the sense of touch (nerves) or even have blod stopping and risk gangrene.
mart! (author)  EmcySquare2 years ago
As stated in the disclaimer, this might not work for everyone. It should not replace a visit at the hospital as it wont fix the reason why it dislocated in the first place.

My shoulder used to dislocate (anterior dislocation) 2 or 3 times a week for over 10 years, and every time i replaced it using this method. it was prone to dislocate whenever my elbow was higher than the shoulder, or when throwing things.
its evident that if you dislocate a shoulder after a car crash or some other traumatic incident, then dont attempt this as there might be other issues.

like i said, it worked for me and if you're inclined to try to put it back yourself then this its probably the less damaging or violent way you will find anywhere on the internet.


westfw2 years ago
It's not what I do, but it certainly has the advantage that it's mild enough that you're unlikely to do yourself much damage checking if it works or not; shucks - it looks less violent than what you'd experience just being transported to a hospital... (Mel Gibson is a poor example!)
OTOH, if your shoulder isn't prone to this sort of thing, you probably need to see a Dr anyway, and they tend not to be very receptive unless they see it out. The one time I went to a hospital, my should relocated itself in between the time it was X-rayed and the time the Dr came in to look at it (much faster than 6 hours, BTW.)
lafnbear2 years ago
OK, I was cringing in sympathy pain just reading the headline...
randofo2 years ago
When mine would fall out, I would just grab myself by the wrist, straighten my arm, apply a steady pressure, and push it back in... then again, my labrum (inner cartilage) was ripped to shreds, so both the falling-out and pushing-back-in part were pretty easy to accomplish. I couldn't imagine it being stuck outside the socket for 6 hours. That sounds miserable.
mrmath2 years ago
Glad to see you put that disclaimer in there. Just sayin'.
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