Test Your Knowledge on Shoulder Injuries in Urgent Care (Postscript 2 of 2)

Evidence-Based Urgent Care Postscript
Managing Shoulder Injuries in the Urgent Care: Fracture, Dislocation, and Overuse | July 2024

A 34-year-old woman presents to urgent care with severe pain in her right shoulder after a fall during a tennis match. She landed directly on her shoulder. She is unable to lift her arm but there is no visible deformity. On examination, there are no signs of neurovascular comprise. What is the best next step in managing this patient’s shoulder injury?

  1. Order a shoulder x-ray to assess for fractures and dislocations
  2. Apply ice and advise her to rest and follow-up with a PCP if not improved in 3 days
  3. Perform a shoulder reduction maneuver immediately
  4. Call EMS for transport to the ED

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