Hip reduction: Whistler technique

This is a straightforward technique for reducing posterior hip dislocations.

Key elements of the technique are:

  • Flex the patient’s unaffected leg at the knee
  • Flex the knee on the affected side, slide your arm underneath placing your hand on the knee on the unaffected side, and use this as the fulcrum
  • Lift with your legs (avoid lifting with your back!)
  • Gently internally/externally rotate the affected hip whilst lifting
  • Ensure you have an assistant placing downward pressure on the pelvis/ASIS

 

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