Suprascapular Nerve Block
A suprascapular nerve block is a procedure used to manage pain in the shoulder region. The suprascapular nerve is a branch of the brachial plexus that innervates the shoulder joint, the acromioclavicular joint, and some of the muscles in the shoulder.
The procedure involves injecting a local anaesthetic, often combined with a corticosteroid, near the suprascapular nerve to block pain signals from that nerve. This can be useful in various conditions causing shoulder pain, such as:
- Rotator cuff injuries: The suprascapular nerve provides sensation to parts of the rotator cuff, and blocking it can reduce pain associated with injuries to these structures.
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis): This condition is characterised by pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. Suprascapular nerve blocks can help manage the pain associated with a frozen shoulder.
- Shoulder arthritis: In cases where arthritis affects the shoulder joint, blocking the suprascapular nerve may provide relief from pain.
- Postoperative pain: Suprascapular nerve blocks can be used as part of the pain management strategy after shoulder surgery.
At RAD Clinics, we specialise in highly complex pain management procedures, unlike any other musculoskeletal service in the country. Our highly trained specialists still work in many NHS and private hospitals, performing more than 3000 guided pain relief injections that can range from a simple soft tissue injection to very complex nerve block procedures.
Our “one-stop MSK appointment” includes consultation, diagnostic scan, and ultrasound-guided injection, if appropriate, in just one appointment. Our highly trained and skilled clinical team can help you by treating your condition swiftly and accurately through our “One-Stop MSK Appointments.”
If you are still unsure and would like to discuss this with our specialist team prior to your booking, then you can email email@example.com for more information or ring 07742986561 for a free telephone consultation with our Musculoskeletal Specialist.
Frequently Asked Questions
Nerve blocks are relatively safe procedures with minimal side effects. There is a small risk of allergy and infection or slight flare up of pain that can occur immediately or within few days following the procedure. Our Musculoskeletal Specialist team will perform a complete screening prior to your procedure to ensure safety.
Short period of rest is recommended following the nerve blocks. Our Musculoskeletal Specialist will advise you regarding rest, during your appointment, according to your condition and lifestyle.
You should not drive immediately after the injection. Please organise a pick-up or arrange a taxi to return home.
Your appointment will be a “one stop shop” in which our Musculoskeletal Specialist will carry out a physical examination and ultrasound scanning to diagnose your problem. You will have plenty of opportunity to discuss your care with our specialist prior to proceeding with your injection.
Results obtained from the nerve block procedure is usually long term or permanent, however, this will depend on your specific condition.
There is no recommended limit for nerve blocks, however, this will depend on your condition and to the discretion of our Musculoskeletal Specialist prior to performing each procedure.
Corticosteroid injection is known to be safe from 2nd trimester of pregnancy. If you are aware of being pregnant at the time of booking then notify us for pre-injection screening. Nerve blocks are safe if breastfeeding.