In-game Management of Common Joint Dislocations

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Context:Sideline management of sports-related joint dislocations often places the treating medical professional in a challenging position. These injuries frequently require prompt evaluation, diagnosis, reduction, and postreduction management before they can be evaluated at a medical facility. Our objective is to review the mechanism, evaluation, reduction, and postreduction management of sports-related dislocations to the shoulder, elbow, finger, knee, patella, and ankle joints.Evidence Acquisition:A literature review was performed using the PubMed database to evaluate previous and current publications focused on joint dislocations. This review focused on articles published between 1980 and 2013.Study Design:Clinical review.Level of Evidence:Level 4.Results:The clinician should weigh the benefits and risks of on-field reduction based on their knowledge of the injury and the presence of associated injuries.Conclusion:When properly evaluated and diagnosed, most sports-related dislocations can be reduced and initially managed at the game.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-255
Number of pages10
JournalSports Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2014


  • dislocation
  • joint
  • reduction
  • review
  • sideline
  • sport


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