What is the disadvantage of intra-articular anesthetic injections in reductions of shoulder dislocations?

Updated: Aug 17, 2018
  • Author: Anantha K Mallia, DO, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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The main potential disadvantage is the risk of infecting the joint space. However, a retrospective review of six randomized, controlled trials comparing intra-articular lidocaine injection with procedural sedation found no reported cases of joint infection with the former. [29]


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