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What are shoulder injections?

Injections of certain medications may be performed to diagnose and treat painful conditions of the shoulder. Therapeutic injections of anesthetic or steroids can provide pain relief for injuries or conditions affecting the rotator cuff, joints, tendons, and bursa (fluid-filled sacs) in the shoulder area. 

Why choose Dr. Heidi Seifert for shoulder injections?

  • Dr. Seifert specializes in diagnosing and treating acute and chronic pain, using state-of-the-art nonsurgical, minimally-invasive techniques to relieve pain and improve function. 
  • She is an interventional anesthesiologist with primary interests in diagnostic and therapeutic injections and cutting-edge regenerative techniques.
  • At our practice, we are high tech, compassionate, and treat our patients just as we would treat our own family members. 

What are the benefits of shoulder injections?

Therapeutic injections can provide significant pain relief and functional improvement in the shoulder. The results of this treatment can last for several months. 

Who is a good candidate for shoulder injections in Bellaire?

You may be a good candidate for shoulder injections if you are suffering from a degenerative condition or have suffered injury to the:

  • Shoulder joint – the ball and socket joint between the scapula (shoulder blade) and humerus (long bone of the upper arm, extending from the shoulder to the elbow)
  • Acromioclavicular (AC) joint – located at the top of the shoulder, forming the junction between the highest point of the shoulder and the clavicle (collar bone)
  • Sternoclavicular (SC) joint – located where the clavicle meets the sternum (breastbone) at the base of the neck
  • Rotator cuff – a group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint and keeping the head of the arm bone firmly within the shoulder socket

What can I expect with the procedure?

Before your shoulder injection, your skin will be swabbed with alcohol or antiseptic, and a topical numbing solution may be applied. You may feel a slight burning sensation or pressure with the injection, which may be administered with fluoroscopy (live X-ray) or ultrasound guidance. A bandage is applied after the injection. 

What is the recovery like after shoulder injections in Houston?

The anesthetic will wear off after a few hours. You may experience some pain and discomfort for one to two days after the procedure, which can be relieved with ice and over-the-counter medications. You can resume normal activities immediately after treatment, but we may advise you to avoid strenuous activity for approximately two weeks. 

Seifert M.D.

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