The shoulder joint is an extremely active location on the body, allowing us to move through the day and interact with the world around us. Because the joint is under near-constant use, it is prone to injury and degradation over time. The therapeutic shoulder joint injection offers a way to target pain in the shoulder by injecting soothing medication directly to the targeted area, thereby restoring function to patients who lost should mobility due to pain conditons.
Is it right for me?
If you are experiencing shoulder pain caused by arthritis or injury that has not responded to conservative treatments, a therapeutic shoulder joint injection may be an option for you.
What is the procedure like?
The physician carefully guides a needle into the shoulder joint. The physician may guide the needle with the help of an x-ray device called a fluoroscope. If so, the physician may inject contrast dye to confirm the needle's placement. When the needle is in position, the physician injects a mixture of anesthetic and steroid medication. The medication will help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
What happens after the procedure?
When the injection is complete, the needle is slowly withdrawn. The injection site may be covered with a small bandage. For many patients, extended pain relief begins within two to three days of the injection. In some cases it may be necessary to repeat the procedure one or more times to receive the full benefit of the treatment.