Posterior Shoulder Dislocation due to an Unusual Injury Mechanism

Haroon Rehman* (Corresponding Author), Iain Rankin, Tim Gardner, Kash Khan

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We present a case of a 21-year-old male who sustained a posterior dislocation of his dominant shoulder following poor weightlifting technique. His shoulder was highly unstable following the injury. The shoulder dislocation was initially reduced by an Orthopaedic surgeon using closed technique in the emergency department. The shoulder was immobilised in an abduction, external rotation brace, and Orthopaedic Trauma clinic follow up was arranged. Ongoing symptomatic instability warranted operative stabilisation. We present this case with its previously undocumented mechanism, to highlight the injury to frontline emergency medical teams, create awareness of its presentation and to discuss its potential mechanism and treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-506
Number of pages4
JournalEC Orthopaedics
Issue number7
Early online date29 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


  • Glenohumeral Joint
  • Posterior Shoulder Dislocation
  • Weightlifting
  • Unusual Mechanism


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