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Whether it’s due to age, arm injury, or medical condition, your shoulder can stiffen and ache to the point that it feels painful to move. People suffering from a “frozen shoulder” can get a suprascapular nerve block.
A suprascapular nerve block (SSNB) is a pain relief procedure that targets shoulder nerves. An anesthetic is injected into the top of the affected shoulder. SSNB effectively treats various types of shoulder pain.
SSNB can reduce pain and increase shoulder mobility for the following conditions:
SSNB can be performed in two ways: Blind and ultrasound-guided.
For blind SSNB, the doctor uses anatomical landmarks to mark where suprascapular nerve is located in your shoulder. The anesthetic is then injected with a needle into this location.
For ultrasound-guided SSNB, the doctor uses an ultrasound device placed on your affected shoulder to locate the suprascapular nerve. The anesthetic is then injected with a needle into this location.
If a frozen shoulder is affecting your mobility and causing too much pain, SSNB may be for you. Talk to our expert pain management doctor at Torrance Pain institute for a suprascapular nerve block in Torrance.