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Injection of the shoulder

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The shoulder consists of a number of sites that are amenable to injection therapy both as a diagnostic procedure and as a form of treatment. These include:

  • the glenohumeral joint
  • the subacromial bursa and space
  • the acromioclavicular joint and,
  • a suprascapular nerve block

The choice of injection site and method of approach will vary according to the nature of the symptoms and the precise diagnosis. A good knowledge of the anatomy is required to give these injections accurately. Note that these injections should only be undertaken by clinicians experienced in these procedures.

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