The cases of twenty-one patients who had open physes and were treated
for radiographic evidence of traumatic anterior dislocation of the shoulder
at either the Adelaide Childrens Hospital or The Hospital for Sick
Children, Toronto, during a fifteen-year period, were reviewed. All
twenty-one patients had had one or more recurrent dislocations. Treatment,
which included immobilization in a sling and swathe for as long as six
weeks, had no effect on the rate of recurrence.