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Steroid Injection for Shoulder Bursitis

What is a Steroid Injection for Shoulder Bursitis? 

A steroid injection for shoulder bursitis is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat inflammation and pain in the shoulder joint. Bursitis is a condition in which a fluid-filled sac, called a bursa, becomes inflamed and irritated. This injection delivers a corticosteroid medication directly into the affected bursa, helping to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. 

How is a Steroid Injection for Shoulder Bursitis Performed? 

To perform a steroid injection for shoulder bursitis: 

  1. 1. The patient’s shoulder area is first numbed with a local anesthetic injection to minimize discomfort. 
  2. 2. The physician may use ultrasound guidance to visualize the exact location of the inflamed bursa. 
  3. 3. A small needle is carefully inserted through the numbed skin and soft tissues and advanced into the bursa. 
  4. 4. A mixture of corticosteroid medication and additional local anesthetic is then injected into the bursa, bathing the inflamed area in the therapeutic agents. 
  5. 5. Once the injection is complete, the needle is removed, and a small bandage is applied to the injection site. 

What Supplies and Medications are Used for a Steroid Injection for Shoulder Bursitis? 

The key components for this procedure include: 

  • – Local anesthetic (e.g. lidocaine or bupivacaine) to numb the treatment area 
  • – Corticosteroid medication (e.g. triamcinolone, methylprednisolone) to reduce inflammation 
  • – Ultrasound imaging equipment (optional) to guide needle placement 

The physician selects the appropriate medications and techniques based on the patient’s individual condition and needs. 

What to Expect After a Steroid Injection for Shoulder Bursitis? 

In the days following the procedure, the patient may experience some soreness or discomfort at the injection site, which can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. They may also notice an initial increase in pain as the local anesthetic wears off, before experiencing gradual improvement over the next several days to weeks. 

The anti-inflammatory effects of the corticosteroid medication can provide pain relief that lasts for several weeks or months, though the duration may vary from patient to patient. Patients should follow their physician’s instructions regarding any activity restrictions and schedule any necessary follow-up appointments. They should promptly report any concerning symptoms, such as increased pain, swelling, or signs of infection, to their healthcare provider.

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