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What Is A Subacromial Injection?
A subacromial injection is a medical procedure in which a medication, such as a corticosteroid or local anesthetic, is injected into the subacromial space of the shoulder joint. The subacromial space is located beneath the acromion (part of the shoulder blade) and above the rotator cuff tendons.
Subacromial injections are commonly used as a conservative treatment option for various shoulder conditions, including shoulder impingement syndrome, rotator cuff tendinitis, bursitis, and certain types of shoulder arthritis. The injection aims to reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and improve shoulder function.
The procedure typically involves the following steps:
- Preparation: The patient is positioned comfortably, usually in a seated or lying position. The skin over the injection site is cleansed with an antiseptic solution.
- Localization: The healthcare provider may use palpation or imaging guidance, such as ultrasound or fluoroscopy, to locate the subacromial space and ensure accurate needle placement.
- Injection: A thin needle is inserted into the subacromial space, and the medication is slowly injected. The specific medication used depends on the patient’s condition and the healthcare provider’s recommendation.
- Post-Injection Care: After the injection, the healthcare provider may apply a small bandage or dressing to the injection site. The patient may be advised to rest the shoulder and avoid strenuous activities for a short period.
Subacromial injections are usually performed on an outpatient basis and can provide temporary relief from pain and inflammation. The duration of pain relief varies among individuals, and multiple injections may be necessary for optimal results. It is important to note that subacromial injections are typically part of a comprehensive treatment plan that may also include physical therapy, rest, and lifestyle modifications.
While subacromial injections are generally considered safe, there are potential risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, nerve damage, allergic reactions to the medication, and temporary flare-up of symptoms.
It is essential to consult with a qualified healthcare provider, such as an orthopedic specialist or a sports medicine physician, to determine if a subacromial injection is appropriate for your specific shoulder condition. They will assess your symptoms, review your medical history, and recommend the most suitable treatment options for your individual needs.