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A 18-year-old female asked:

can doctors in hospital give dislocated shoulder back to place without surgery? if yes, how painful is this for patient?

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Bailie
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes usually very eas: Keeping it in place long term usually requires surgery but it depends on if you have a labral cartilage tear or just " loose joints".
Dr. Neesheet Parikh
Sports Medicine 14 years experience
Yes: Depending on how long the should has been out of place it can range from easy to difficult to put the shoulder back in place. If it doesn't easily go, some medications maybe given along with pain medication. Usually if no other complications or no other injuries surgery is usually not needed.
Dr. J. Michael Bennett
Orthopedic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: A dislocated shoulder needs immediate reduction performed by a physician or a healthcare provider familiar with the reduction technique. Sometimes muscle or bone can prevent the reduction from taking place and the patient may need anesthesia to get the reduction therefore the reduction can be done in an emergency room or a hospital setting.
Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Shoulder dislocation: Surgery is rarely required to relocate a dislocated shoulder. Some degree of sedation or anesthesia can make the experience much less painful.
Dr. Tariq Niazi
Dr. Tariq Niazi commented
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
generally done in the ER by the ER docs.
May 10, 2013
Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Typically a shoulder is put back in place in the emergency room with some medicines to cause sedation. That way patients don't perceive the pain associated with getting the ball back in the socket.

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