Soft Tissue Injections for Shoulder Pain
Soft tissue injections can be used to help alleviate pain and inflammation in the shoulder, as well as to improve mobility and function. These injections are typically administered directly into the affected soft tissue (such as a muscle, tendon, or bursa) and may contain a variety of different medications, including corticosteroids, local anesthetics, and other anti-inflammatory agents.
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Soft Tissue Injections in Shoulders Treated Conditions
- Common shoulder conditions – There are a wide variety of conditions that can affect the shoulder, including Osteoarthritis, Tendinitis, Shoulder impingement syndrome, dislocated shoulder and more.
- Frozen Shoulder – Also known as adhesive capsulitis, a frozen shoulder is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder. It is characterized by a slow and progressive loss of range of motion in the shoulder joint, usually the result of injury, surgery, or prolonged periods of inactivity
- Shoulder tendon calcification – Calcification of the shoulder tendons is a condition in which calcium deposits build up in the tendons of the shoulder, causing pain, stiffness and limited mobility. Calcification of the shoulder tendons is often a result of overuse or injury to the shoulder, and it is more common among people who engage in activities that involve repetitive overhead movements, such as throwing a ball or lifting weights.
- AC joint degeneration of the shoulder – The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is the joint between the acromion (a bone in the shoulder blade) and the clavicle (collarbone). Degeneration of this joint is often the result of wear and tear, which can occur with age or with repetitive strain or overuse injuries.
- Shoulder arthritis – Shoulder arthritis is a condition in which the joint that connects the upper arm bone (humerus) to the shoulder blade (scapula) becomes damaged or worn down. There are several different types of shoulder arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis.
- Rotator cuff injury – A rotator cuff injury is any injury to the group of muscles and tendons that help to stabilize and move the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles (the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis) and their associated tendons. These muscles and tendons work together to allow the shoulder to rotate and lift the arm.
- Bursitis – Bursa are fluid-filled sacs that serve as a cushion between bones and other moving parts, such as muscles and tendons. Bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa, which can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the affected joint.
- Long head of biceps tendonitis – Biceps tendonitis is a condition in which the tendon that connects the biceps muscle to the shoulder becomes inflamed. The biceps muscle has two tendons, the long head and the short head, and either one can be affected by tendonitis. Long head biceps tendonitis specifically refers to inflammation of the long head tendon.
Why Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers?
Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers is the perfect choice for treatments such as soft tissue injections. Our knowledgeable team of double board-certified doctors are experienced in delivering soft tissue injections for shoulder pain. We are dedicated to delivering our New Orleans and Metairie patients the best quality care to help manage their pain and get them back to enjoying their daily activities.
Soft Tissue Injections in Shoulders FAQ
Shoulder joint injections may cause slight discomfort, but the level of pain experienced can vary from person to person. Your doctor will use a local anesthetic to numb the area before the injection to help reduce any pain or discomfort.
It is generally recommended to rest the shoulder for a day or two after receiving a soft tissue injection. However, the specific amount of rest needed can vary from person to person and depend on the severity of their condition. Your doctor will be able to give you specific instructions on how much rest is needed after the injection and when you can resume your normal activities.
The duration of relief from a soft tissue injection in the shoulder can vary depending on the type of injection and the condition being treated. Some injections may provide relief for a few weeks, while others may provide longer-term relief for several months. In some cases, multiple injections may be necessary to achieve the desired level of symptom relief. It is important to follow the treatment plan recommended by your doctor, which may include follow-up injections or other forms of treatment.