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Suprascapular Nerve Block

Suprascapular Nerve Block

What is it?

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.

What is the purpose?

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.

How will it affect my daily life?

This is a simple outpatient procedure that does not require limiting of activities.

What can I expect?

Some patients experience immediate relief, although it may take a few days for full effect to take place.

What are the risks and side effects?

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.