Suprascapular Nerve Block
Suprascapular nerve blocks are injections of local anesthetic and steroid around the suprascapular nerve in the upper back. Ultrasound guidance is used to ensure proper placement of anesthetic solution.
The The purpose is to reduce pain in the shoulder caused by adhesive capsulitis, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or for after shoulder surgery. It is especially helpful to allow full range of motion when participating in physical therapy.
This is a simple outpatient procedure that does not require limiting of activities.
Some patients experience immediate relief, although it may take a few days for full effect to take place.
Generally speaking, this procedure is safe. However, with any procedure there are risks, side effects and possibility of complications. The most common side effect is pain - which is temporary. The other risks involve, infection, bleeding, worsening of symptoms or no relief.