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Outside magazine, June 1996
Navigating a Dislocation
The only thing more painful than having a dislocated shoulder is hiking or paddling with a dislocated shoulder. Generally, you shouldn’t fiddle with such an injury; just immobilize it and make haste to the nearest hospital. But if you’re in the backcountry and that hospital is more than two hours away, Dr. Peter Goth, founder of Wilderness Medical Associates, says you should
Basically, says Goth, “What you want to do is duplicate the position that the arm was in when the shoulder came out.” Have the victim lie down and relax as much as possible. Apply gentle, steady traction at the elbow and support the wrist as you slowly–very