What are the pain control options for reduction of anterior shoulder dislocation?

Updated: Aug 17, 2018
  • Author: Anantha K Mallia, DO, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Pain control options for a patient with an anterior shoulder dislocation include the following:

  • Intravenous (IV) procedural sedation and analgesia - Commonly used agents include opiates, benzodiazepines, etomidate, and propofol
  • Intra-articular anesthetic injection
  • Ultrasound-guided nerve block

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