During this procedure, a mixture of anesthesia and anti-inflammatory medication is injected into the space between the head of the humerus and the glenoid. This injection can be used to treat a variety of painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and adhesive capsulitis. The physician may choose an injection site on the front, side or rear of the shoulder.
The patient is placed in a seated position, and the skin on the shoulder is cleaned and anesthetized.
The physician carefully inserts a needle into the joint space and injects the medicated solution. The mixture bathes the joint space to reduce pain and inflammation in the joint.
The needle is removed, and a small bandage is placed on the shoulder. The patient may be advised to avoid strenuous activity for the next few days.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.