tea_and_roses (tea_and_roses) wrote in little_details,

Treating a Dislocated Shoulder

I've googled "dislocated shoulder, treating a dislocated shoulder, how to pop a dislocated shoulder back into place, popping a dislocated shoulder into place, treating a dislocated shoulder,..etc." I got a lot of useful tips and ideas, but I'm still unclear on a few specific details.

To help you with some background, I'm writing a story in which the heroine has an accident in a busy town square, (possibly from diving out of the way of a wild horse..) and after dislocating her shoulder from the fall, my hero gallantly pops her shoulder back into place for her. (Ouch! o.o) I had just assumed that he would do that by quickly and forcefully jerking her arm forward, but when I did some research, it seemed like that wouldn't do the trick unless she'd popped it out of place in a certain way. This is not set in modern day, (it's sort of a fairy tale type like Ella Enchanted) so a trip to the ER is out of the question and the doctor is conveniently away at the time.

Here's my questions;
1. I read that a posterior dislocation is extremely rare compared to the anterior (am I getting this right, here?) but is it at all possible to get a posterior dislocation from falling on your hand funny?

2. Could either of those be fixed by a pulling motion? If so, which one is it and what would be the proper way to pull it? Someone told me they once corrected their dislocated shoulder by pressing it against a locker, but I really like the pulling idea and I'm pretty sure I've seen it done that way in a movie.

3. If it took more than a day to correct the problem, (say, a little over 24 hours,) how would that affect the injury?

4. After the problem was corrected, how soon would it be before you'd be able to lift something heavy with your arm? Assuming you recovered rather quickly. (Plot conflicts may ensue.)

I'd love some help with this. Even if you have no medical experience whatsoever, if you or a relative have had a dislocated shoulder before, you could share the details if you think they'd help at all.
Tags: ~medicine: injuries (misc)

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