When are pain control and muscle relaxation indicated for reduction of dislocated shoulders?

Updated: Aug 17, 2018
  • Author: Anantha K Mallia, DO, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Pain control and muscle relaxation may be necessary for reduction of a dislocated shoulder. An experienced provider may be able to perform reduction without anesthesia while causing remarkably little discomfort, but only in select cooperative patients. Various methods may be employed, depending on the patient and the nature of the dislocation.


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