Kocher's Method

August 2011- Relocation Technique Review: Kocher’s Method

Kocher’s Method

This month at ShoulderDislocation.net, we take a look at Kocher’s method of relocating shoulders.

Kocher was a pioneer in shoulder relocation, and in his 1870 article (translated here) he describes the techniques available in his day. He looks at the pros and cons of each method, discusses the use of traction, and whether analgesics were needed (he states that chloroform actually makes it harder!). To look at the key points of his article, click here.

There is a video walkthrough of Kocher’s technique here, or if you prefer, we have a simple set of instructions and pictures here.

It is worth noting that Kocher did not advocate the use of analgesics or traction.

X-ray of the month

Take a quick look at our X-ray of the month. It’s an unusual injury, with a fancy name.

Can you guess what the injury is? How would you treat it?

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