Injections are used regularly to treat shoulder conditions. A mixture of hydrocortisone, which has an anti-inflammatory action, and a local anaesthetic to numb the area are infiltrated.


Glenohumeral Joint

In the case of osteoarthritis, fluid within the joint can be drained to relieve pain and an anaesthetic and steroid injection put into the joint cavity to reduce pain and stiffness.

The most comfortable approach to use is a posterior one.

Acromioclavicular Joint

Joint aspirate can be taken away and local anaesthetic and hydorcortizone put into the joint to relieve pain.

Subacromial Injection

This is used to reduce symptoms of impingement especially when the bursa is inflamed.

Biceps Tendon

Hydrocortizone is injected to reduce symptoms of tendonitis or partial tear.

It is advisable to avoid vigorous activity for one week after the injection.