Injections in the shoulder are commonly performed medical procedures used to treat various conditions affecting the shoulder joint, such as inflammation, pain, or limited mobility. Here are a few types of injections that are frequently administered in the shoulder:
- Corticosteroid Injections - These injections contain a corticosteroid medication, which is a potent anti-inflammatory drug. They can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain in the shoulder joint caused by conditions like arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, or rotator cuff injuries.
- Hyaluronic Acid Injections - Hyaluronic acid injections are sometimes used to treat osteoarthritis of the shoulder. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in joint fluid, and these injections help to lubricate and cushion the joint, reducing pain and improving mobility.
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections - PRP injections involve taking a sample of the patient's blood, processing it to concentrate the platelets, and injecting it into the shoulder joint. Platelets contain growth factors that can help stimulate tissue healing and regeneration, making PRP injections a potential treatment option for conditions such as rotator cuff tears or tendinopathy.
- Anaesthetic Injections - Anaesthetic injections, such as lidocaine, may be used for diagnostic purposes or for temporary pain relief. By numbing the shoulder joint, these injections can help determine the source of pain or provide temporary relief while other treatments are being pursued.
It is essential to note that the specific injection recommended for your shoulder will depend on the underlying condition, symptoms, and the assessment of your healthcare provider. Dr. Rajesh Malhotra will consider your medical history, perform a physical examination, and potentially use imaging tests to determine the most appropriate treatment approach.