Tips on using this imaging technique for the emergency physician
A 28-year-old male presents to the ED with moderate to severe right shoulder pain. The patient states that he fell while playing football with his friends and has 10/10 pain in his right shoulder. He has no other injuries, and the neurovascular exam of the affected extremity is normal.
You perform a point-of-care ultrasound examination of the affected shoulder and clearly see an anterior glenohumeral dislocation. Intravenous analgesia is administered, and the patient is moved to an appropriate bed for closed reduction.