Joint Injection (Therapeutic, Shoulder)



Individuals experiencing pain as a result of arthritis, injury, or due to some type of disorder may be prime candidates for this form of joint injection procedure. Done on an outpatient basis, this procedure aims to provide pain relief to the arms and shoulders.

The shoulder is a body area that is prone to numerous injuries and chronic conditions that often necessitate the need for a therapeutic injection. Joint injection on the shoulder is usually performed if the patient has not responded well to other forms of treatment such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications.

Prior to the start of the procedure, the patient’s shoulder is sterilized with antiseptic solution. A local anesthetic is then applied to help numb the tissue at the injection site. Depending on the area of the shoulder that necessitates treatment, the needle can be inserted through several approaches. Once an approach has been determined, the needle is inserted into the shoulder joint. With the assistance of a fluoroscope, the needle is carefully guided into position. An injection of a contrast dye solution may be necessary in order to help ensure the needle is correctly placed at the proper location.

Once it has been determined that the needle is the correct position, the medication is injected (a combination of anesthetic and steroid medication). The medication is expected to help minimize pre-existing inflammation and provide pain relief as well.

Once the procedure is completed, the needle is withdrawn and a bandage is applied to the site of the injection. For most patients, they can expect to experience relief from their pain in the subsequent 2 to 3 days following the completion of the procedure. However, for some patients, it may be necessary for them to undergo the procedure at least 1 to 2 more times before they can reap the full benefits of this treatment.