Suprascapular Nerve Block

Las Vegas Spine and Pain Clinic

Suprascapular Nerve Block 

Supplying sensory perception to the shoulder joint and surrounding areas, the suprascapular nerve is responsible for supplying sensory fibers to about 70% of the shoulder joint. Chronic shoulder pain caused by arthritis or bursitis of the shoulder joint may be relieved through a suprascapular nerve block. This procedure drastically helps the pain of a major motor nerve that serves the muscles of the shoulder.

The pain management doctors at Las Vegas Spine and Pain Center may recommend other treatments in combination with a suprascapular nerve block, including physical therapy and exercise. In a study of 83 people with chronic shoulder pain there were statistically significant improvements in all pain scores, all disability scores, and most range of movement scores in the patients who received suprascapular nerve blocks compared with those receiving a placebo. Therefore, this procedure is a proven safe and efficacious treatment for shoulder pain.

A suprascapular nerve block injection is made up of a local anesthetic and steroid, and can be administered by a pain management doctor at the onsite procedure center at Las Vegas Spine and Pain Clinic. If a patient experiences pain relief following the procedure, a series of injections may be scheduled to provide long-term pain relief.

The procedure goes as follows: 

  • First, an intravenous line will be placed to help sedate and calm you for the procedure. 
  • Then we will place several monitors on you to check your heart, blood pressure, and pulse during the procedure.
  • Then you will lie on your stomach and the site of the injection is numbed
  • Then our doctor will use x-ray guidance and contrast dye to ensure that the needle is in the correct placement. 
  • A local anesthetic and steroid are then injected into the joint, and the needle is removed. 

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