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Posted by: Jo | 2011/03/25

CORTIZONE INJECTION INTO SHOULDER

Yesterday I had a cortizone injection into my shoulder as the ortho surgeon said it should relive the pain from a pinched nerve but my arm huts more today than what it has all week. Is that normal how long does it take before it works?

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Dear Jo,

The only condition in the shoulder where a nerve can be pinched is suprascapular nerve compression in the suprascapular notch. The most common condition for which cortisone injections in the shoulder are given is rotator cuff impingement.
If a cortisone injection is going to be successful it will happen after two or three days ( see more on our website: http://www.shoulderinstitute.co.za/publications/SHOULDER%20INJECTIONS_WM.pdf

One of the resons for the injection not working would be that it is not in the correct site or that the diagnosis is not correct

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Posted by: Lizel | 2011/06/24

I''m battling with my shoulder since January 2011. The pain is getting worse and worse and no inflammatory medication is working anymore. I take strong painkillers to make me sleep through the night. Yesterday (23 June 2011) I''ve been to my Ortho Surgeon where he gave me an injection. The only relief that I had was when the needle entered my shoulder and thats it. The pain is still there and getting more aggressive. Can you refer me to a Ortho Surgeon in Pretoria who can advise me on what to do? I don''t think this is neurologic. I spent thousands of rands on a MRI scan for no reason.

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Posted by: Orthopaedic Specialist Forum | 2011/03/27

Dear Jo,

The only condition in the shoulder where a nerve can be pinched is suprascapular nerve compression in the suprascapular notch. The most common condition for which cortisone injections in the shoulder are given is rotator cuff impingement.
If a cortisone injection is going to be successful it will happen after two or three days ( see more on our website: http://www.shoulderinstitute.co.za/publications/SHOULDER%20INJECTIONS_WM.pdf

One of the resons for the injection not working would be that it is not in the correct site or that the diagnosis is not correct

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