Ultrasound-guided Injection For Shoulder Pain

Overview

This non-operative, outpatient procedure is designed to relieve patients with shoulder pain from conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and adhesive capsulitis. The technique allows the physician to inject an inflammation-reducing steroid with maximum accuracy.


Preparation

In preparation for the procedure, the physician swabs the shoulder injects a numbing medication, and positions a hand-held ultrasound probe that will allow the physician to visualize the shoulder's anatomy and accurately inject the medicine.


Injecting the Medication

Using ultrasound imagery, the physician inserts a needle into the joint space and guides it to the problem area. The medication is then injected into the joint.


End of Procedure

When the injection is complete, the needle is removed. The local anesthetic and steroid solution in the shoulder joint will reduce inflammation and pain. The injection can be repeated if necessary.