It’s finally here. You’ve saved for this trip and looked forward to it for months. You’ll be surfing perfect waves in a remote location with only a few friends. After trading barrels all day, and being on the verge of complete exhaustion, you look for one last wave to finish it off. You swing into position and pull in deep. You’re racing through each section, about to get spit out, and then you get caught in the foam ball and slammed. You tumble like a rag doll and suddenly you’re struck with severe, terrible shoulder pain. You try to swim to the surface but your shoulder hurts too much to move. Eventually, you surface and scramble across the reef only to realize that shoulder doesn’t look right. It’s dislocated. And to top it all off, you’re in the middle of nowhere.
Unfortunately, when these injuries occur in remote locations, managing them can be painful, frustrating, and challenging. And if you spend enough time in extreme conditions and locations, you’re likely to run into this problem at some point. Fortunately, there are several effective techniques that may be employed by non medical personnel to enable successful treatment with limited resources in remote locations.