What is a Suprascapular Nerve Block?
A suprascapular nerve block involves the injection of a local anesthetic and steroid to impede the nerves that impact shoulder pain. The suprascapular nerve is constituted of nerve fibers derived from the C4, C5, and C6 nerve roots, and it provides sensation to the shoulder.
Before the steroid injection, you will be instructed to lie on your stomach. The injection site will be sterilized, and a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the affected area. To ensure precise needle placement, your physician will utilize fluoroscopic x-ray technology or ultrasonic guidance. Once the physician confirms the needle’s accurate positioning, a combination of steroid and local anesthetic will be administered.
Am I a candidate for a Suprascapular Nerve Block?
A nerve block prevents pain by hindering the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Some nerve blocks are used to diagnose pain sources, while others are used to treat painful conditions. A suprascapular nerve block is an injection of a local anesthetic and steroid to impede the nerves that impact shoulder pain.