Joint injection: shoulder and elbow

What is it?

You might require an injection if you have a painful and inflamed shoulder or elbow. Shoulder joint injections are commonly used for certain conditions such as frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis or tendonitis.

An injection into the soft tissue and joint can be extremely effective in delivering pain relief when the tissues are inflamed.

The injection includes a small amount of an anti-inflammatory and local anaesthesia which numbs the area temporarily.

Diagnosis and treatment options

Your consultant will examine you and ask you to demonstrate certain movements to check how well your shoulder or elbow is working.

You might need some additional tests:

  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan

The approach for application of the injection may be the anterior, posterior, superior or inferior aspect of the joint.

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