Joint dislocations account for a small but important portion of all athletic injuries, with most occurring at the glenohumeral, patellofemoral, and interphalangeal joints. Athletic trainers are responsible for managing acute joint-dislocation injuries, which may include performing closed-reduction techniques when appropriate. To achieve optimal patient outcomes, the clinician should be formally trained and skilled in performing various techniques and familiar with the evidence supporting the selection of each technique. In this clinical review, we outline general reduction procedures and then summarize and synthesize the existing literature on common closed-reduction techniques for glenohumeral-, patellofemoral-, and interphalangeal-joint dislocations. When appropriate, the content has been adapted to be specific to the athletic trainer's scope of practice.

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