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How a Suprascapular Nerve Block Procedure Can Help to Relieve Your Shoulder Pain

If you play basketball or football, workout every day, or simply do a lot of daily activities that require you to use your upper body, you might have an idea of how hard it could be to do these things if you have a shoulder injury or pain. In fact, we are here at NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine know that if you are suffering from shoulder pain, that it’s likely you’re already doing what you can (resting, using cold and hot compresses, taking over-the-counter medicines, etc.) to ease your pain. However, what if these methods aren’t providing you with the pain relief you need? Well, one procedure you can consider to help you find the relief you’re looking for is a suprascapular nerve block.

What’s a suprascapular nerve block? 

A suprascapular nerve block is a procedure that’s performed on patients who want to ease the discomfort and pain they’re feeling in their shoulder joints. Specifically, this outpatient procedure works to prohibit the suprascapular nerve (one of the many nerves that allow you to feel sensations in your shoulder) from sending you pain sensations. The procedure itself typically involves injecting a local anesthetic, or a combination of a steroid and a local anesthetic into the painful shoulder joint.

How can you find out if a suprascapular nerve block is right for you?

If you suffer from chronic pain or discomfort in your shoulder, bursitis, arthritis, or suprascapular nerve entrapment, a suprascapular nerve block may be right for you. However, after you meet with your physician, describe your symptoms and pain relief goals in detail, he or she will be able to tell you if the injection will offer you the relief you want.

What should you expect if you receive the injection?

Your shoulder will be cleaned and sterilized, and then the injection site will be numbed. Once you’re fully numbed, the physician will use a fluoroscope (a special type of X-ray device) to help him or her guide a needle to the correct position in your suprascapular nerve. You should also expect the physician to inject a contrast dye to confirm the needle is in the proper place. Once the needle is in the correct spot, the physician will then inject you with the actual pain solution. Lastly, the procedure typically takes no more than 15 minutes, and you can leave after a brief period of rest.

When should you expect to find relief?

Extended pain relief usually begins within two to seven days after the procedure, and the results are temporary.

If you’re interested in learning more about how a suprascapular nerve block procedure can help to provide you with shoulder pain relief, please reach out to us here at the NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine. To make an appointment with one our physicians to find out if this procedure is right for you, please also feel free to Request an Appointment online.



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If you’re looking for a multi-specialty medical group that offers interventional pain management, sports medicine, chiropractic care, acupuncture therapy, physical therapy, and orthopedic surgery, look no further than NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine.

We have eight offices and one ambulatory surgery center (ASC) located in and around Monmouth County, NJ and Ocean County, NJ, and we have many patients that visit us from the following towns:

  • Jackson, NJ
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  • Brick, NJ
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  • Manchester, NJ
  • Aberdeen, NJ
  • Marlboro, NJ
  • Freehold, NJ
  • Monroe, NJ
  • Glassboro, NJ
  • Any many others

Since the beginning, our doctors and staff have been committed to treating patients who suffer from several different types of painful spine, joint, and orthopedic conditions. Furthermore, our goal is not only to reduce pain through physical rehabilitation, therapy, or any of our procedures and treatment options, but to help all of our patients have their functionality and quality of life restored.

Doctors with Superior Medical Knowledge and Compassion

One of the many benefits of choosing NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine is that we only use the most innovative and modern treatment options and procedures. Furthermore, every service and treatment option we offer is available at each of our eleven offices. Therefore, you should expect to receive the treatment you need whether you visit our office in Jackson, NJ, Point Pleasant, NJ, Barnegat, NJ, Manchester, NJ, Aberdeen, NJ, Rahway, NJ, or Tinton Falls, NJ. Furthermore, when patients come to one of our offices, they are always greeted with smiles and treated with kindness.

Every member of a team is respectful and empathetic, and will go to great lengths to ensure your pain management needs are addressed. Another reason to choose our medical practice is because our team makes it one of their highest priorities to stay at the forefront of medical research so that they’re offering the best care possible. Lastly, our physicians and staff also make certain that patients have the knowledge they need to help them live pain-free lives.

Comprehensive and Customized Care Provided by NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine

While some patients may only require one service and/or treatment option and procedure, others may require customized care plans to help them get back on their feet. After your initial evaluation, your physician will create a custom-tailored treatment plan that they feel will offer you with the pain relief you want. In fact, you should not only expect to be recommended with a treatment plan that will help to reduce and/or eliminate your pain, but one that will aid in increasing your activity level, and reducing the amount of pain medicine you take. In the end, you will be provided with a comprehensive and customized care plan that will greatly improve the quality of your life.

Even though pain is an unavoidable part of life, it doesn’t mean you must suffer from it all throughout your lifetime. To learn more the doctors and staff at NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, our pain treatment options and procedures, and our locations in and around Ocean County, NJ, and Monmouth County, NJ, please browse our site. To make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to do so online, or give one of the offices closest to your home in Brick, NJ, Lakewood, NJ, Marlboro, NJ, Freehold, NJ, Glassboro, NJ, or another area a call today.