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This is a dislocation of the distal joint of the right thumb. This is not an uncommon injury and can occur when falling or obtaining a direct blow to an outstretched finger. Falling on a trail, while rock climbing, or out of a deer stand can cause this injury.

Dislocated Finger

Finger Dislocation

This is a normal left shoulder which is not dislocated. Normal Shoulder
   
This is an anterior dislocation of the right shoulder. Anterior dislocations are the most common accounting for greater than 60% of all dislocated shoulders. This can occur by lifting a heavy backpack over ones shoulder, paddling a canoe, or a direct blow to the shoulder. Dislocated Shoulder
   
If the individual who dislocates their should has had a history of recurrent dislocations, it is much easier to put it back into place. If this is the individual's first time, it becomes more difficult. To the left, this is the first technique that is advised. You want to apply downward traction on the arm while rotating the forearm outward, and raising the arm upward at the same time. You should be able to feel the shoulder go into place, and the individual should get quick relief. Shoulder Dislocation
If the above technique does not work, or if the dislocation is that of a child, this is an excellent technique that can be used in the outdoors. You will have to find a heavy rock or something of equivalent weight to wrap around the individual's wrist and allow that weight to dangle for a period of time. This period of time will vary, but the arm muscles will fatigue and the shoulder will go back into place. Survive Outdoors has found that in children, this is much less threatening than grabbing a child's arm and trying the above technique.

Whether or not you are successful or unsuccessful, the arm should be imobilized to the chest with a sling, and the person should be transported to a health care facility.

 




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