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Adjunctive analgesia with acupuncture for reduction of anterior shoulder dislocation: a pilot study

Published:November 10, 2014DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2014.10.047
      Anterior shoulder dislocation is the most common injury of the shoulder joint [
      • Ufberg J.W.
      • Vilke G.M.
      • Chan T.C.
      • Harrigan R.A.
      Anterior shoulder dislocations: beyond traction-countertraction.
      ,
      • Neil C.
      A new drug free technique for reducing anterior shoulder dislocations.
      ]. Acupuncture is an alternative method of analgesia and may be chosen for soft tissue shoulder problems such as impingement and adhesive capsulitis [
      • Chechik O.
      • Khashan M.
      • Amar E.
      • Dolkart O.
      • Mozes G.
      • Maman E.
      Primary anterior shoulder dislocation.
      ,
      • Norte G.E.
      • West A.
      • Gnacinski M.
      • van der Meijden O.A.
      • Millett P.J.
      On-field management of the acute anterior glenohumeral dislocation.
      ]. We have used local acupuncture points as an adjunctive analgesic method for reducing anterior glenohumeral dislocations.
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