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Ch 1: Shoulder & Elbow Dislocations

About This Chapter

Use this skills and training chapter to improve your knowledge of shoulder and elbow dislocations. The chapter's simple lessons can be used to supplement nursing training materials and help healthcare professionals with continuing education.

Shoulder & Elbow Dislocations - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive chapter examines the causes, symptoms and treatments for a variety of shoulder and elbow dislocations. As you progress through this series of lessons, you'll become familiar with posterior shoulder, anterior shoulder and elbow dislocations, as well as nursemaid's elbow treatments, reducation techniques and rehab exercises.

You can take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes to retain important information from the chapter. Our instructors will be happy to answer any questions you may have about shoulder and elbow dislocations. You can also access the chapter whenever it's convenient using any Internet-connected device.

How It Helps

Healthcare professionals can use the chapter for continuing education purposes, and nurses can work through the chapter's resources to enhance their basic dislocation treatment knowledge. Aspiring medical professionals may also use the chapter to get ahead in an introductory health class.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Recognize symptoms, treatments and complications for posterior shoulder dislocations
  • Differentiate between anterior and posterior shoulder dislocations
  • Describe reducation techniques for anterior shoulder dislocation
  • Assess anterior shoulder dislocation, rehab, exercises, nerve injuries and complications
  • Identify different types of anterior shoulder dislocations
  • Tell what causes anterior shoulder dislocation
  • Understand how dislocated elbows are treated through physical therapy and rehab exercises
  • Recognize the recovery time for dislocated elbows
  • Compare different types of dislocated elbows
  • Evaluate nursemaid's elbow symptoms and treatments

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: Shoulder & Elbow Dislocations
Posterior Shoulder Dislocation: Reduction & Treatment

1. Posterior Shoulder Dislocation: Reduction & Treatment

A posterior shoulder dislocation occurs when the bone in the upper arm is dislocated from the shoulder joint in a posterior (backward) direction. In this lesson, learn about reductions and treatment for a posterior shoulder dislocation.

Posterior Shoulder Dislocation: Symptoms & Presentation

2. Posterior Shoulder Dislocation: Symptoms & Presentation

A posterior shoulder dislocation occurs when the bone of the upper arm dislocates from the shoulder joint in a posterior (backward) direction. In this lesson, learn about the symptoms and presentation of this type of injury.

Posterior Shoulder Dislocation: Types & Complications

3. Posterior Shoulder Dislocation: Types & Complications

A posterior shoulder dislocation occurs when the long bone of the upper arm dislocates from its normal position on the shoulder in a posterior (backward) direction. In this lesson, learn about the types and complication of this injury.

Anterior vs. Posterior Shoulder Dislocation

4. Anterior vs. Posterior Shoulder Dislocation

Should dislocations occur when the upper arm bone is forced out of its proper position within the shoulder joint. Learn the difference between anterior and posterior dislocations, along with the medical considerations in treating both.

Anterior Shoulder Dislocation: Treatment & Reduction Techniques

5. Anterior Shoulder Dislocation: Treatment & Reduction Techniques

An anterior shoulder dislocation is one of the most common joint dislocations in the body. Read this lesson to learn more about the closed reduction technique and appropriate treatments for this injury.

Anterior Shoulder Dislocation: Exercises & Rehab

6. Anterior Shoulder Dislocation: Exercises & Rehab

A shoulder dislocation occurs when one or more of the bones that make up the shoulder joint are moved away from their normal positions. Learn about the exercises that can be performed to rehab this type of injury.

Anterior Shoulder Dislocation: Complications & Nerve Injury

7. Anterior Shoulder Dislocation: Complications & Nerve Injury

Secondary injuries may result from anterior shoulder dislocation. Read this lesson to learn more about potential complications that can impact the normal course of treatment for anterior shoulder dislocations.

Anterior Shoulder Dislocation: Definition & Types

8. Anterior Shoulder Dislocation: Definition & Types

An anterior shoulder dislocation is an injury in which the bone of the upper arm is dislocated from the shoulder joint in a forward direction. In this lesson, learn about the definition and types of anterior shoulder dislocations.

Anterior Shoulder Dislocation: Causes & Symptoms

9. Anterior Shoulder Dislocation: Causes & Symptoms

Anterior shoulder dislocations occur when the bone of the upper part of the arm is moved from its normal position in the shoulder in a forward direction. In this lesson, learn about the causes and symptoms of this type of injury.

Dislocated Elbow: Physical Therapy & Rehab Exercises

10. Dislocated Elbow: Physical Therapy & Rehab Exercises

A dislocated elbow occurs when the bones of the elbow (ulna, radius, and humerus) come out of their normal positions in the arm. Learn about the exercises one can perform to rehab this type of injury.

Dislocated Elbow: Treatment & Recovery Time

11. Dislocated Elbow: Treatment & Recovery Time

In this lesson, we will define what a dislocated elbow is and discuss the different causes of dislocated elbows. We will also examine how a dislocated elbow is treated and look at how long it can take for a dislocated elbow to heal and return to full function.

Dislocated Elbow: Types & Symptoms

12. Dislocated Elbow: Types & Symptoms

An elbow dislocation is an injury in which the bones of the elbow are moved from their normal positions in their joint. In this lesson, learn about the types and symptoms of elbow dislocations.

Nursemaid's Elbow: Symptoms & Treatment

13. Nursemaid's Elbow: Symptoms & Treatment

Nursemaid's elbow presents with very characteristic symptoms and is most often easily and quickly treated. In this article, learn the symptoms of this common childhood injury and how it is treated.

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