The patient suffered direct trauma to the shoulder during a soccer game, which increased the probability of having a fracture dislocation of the shoulder. An X-ray is obtained and demonstrates an anterior dislocation. The Cunningham technique is used successfully, and the patient is discharged home with appropriate advice and follow-up.
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