Push-ups may be hazardous to your health: an atraumatic etiology for bilateral shoulder dislocation


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Abstract

A 23-year-old man presented to the emergency department (ED) complaining of right shoulder pain. His symptoms began suddenly while exercising at home. The patient had been doing push-ups, and after completing approximately 100 repetitions, he felt his right shoulder give way and collapsed into a prone position. He had difficulty getting up from the floor and eventually called out to his friend for assistance. The patient's friend was able to lift him from the floor. He experienced bilateral shoulder pain (albeit the right being much greater than the left) and noted that he had never had these symptoms before.

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