Hippocrates manoeuvre

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A technique for immediately replacing an anterior dislocation of the shoulder when the head of the humerus comes out of its socket. An unshod heel of the practitioner is placed gently in the patient's axilla (armpit), the arm pulled and the head of the humerus levered in position. This manoeuvre should be used by medically trained personnel only; it is difficult to control the leverage, and the pressure exerted by the heel can damage nerves and blood vessels in the axilla. A dislocated shoulder often requires a general anaesthetic.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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