This section of the book is from "The Complete Herbalist" by Dr. O. Phelps Brown. Also available from Amazon: The Complete Herbalist: The People Their Own Physicians By The Use Of Nature's Remedies.
The signs of limbs being out of joint are deformity, swelling, and a hollow where none should be, shortening or elongation, pain and immobility of the limb.
This is nearly always accompanied by a fracture. It may be produced by convulsions, falls, hanging, etc. The chances of life are small, on account of injury done to the spinal marrow, or the action of the diaphragm may be suspended by compression of the phrenic nerve.
TREATMENT. -- Lay the person (if in the neck) on his back, plant your knees on the patient's shoulders, grasp the head firmly, pull gently, and at the same time put the head into its proper place; but this must be properly and gently done, or else you may do great harm. If in the back, do nothing.