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Ch 21: 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

9 Lessons in Chapter 21: 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 Shoulder Dislocation: Exercises & Rehab

4. 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: Definition & Types

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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: Types & Symptoms

8. 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

9. 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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