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The Use of Suprascapular Nerve Blocks in the Management of Shoulder Pain
  1. John C. Rowlingson, MD* and
  2. Robert Arasi, MD
  1. From the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Management Center, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia
  2. * Associate Professor of Anesthesiology.
  3. Fellow, Pain Management Center.


Suprascapular nerve blocks can be used as part of a comprehensive program in the management of shoulder pain. Thirty-six patients with shoulder pain received a total of 101 suprascapular nerve blocks. Additionally, nine patients had subacromial bursitis and received intrabursal injections. Seventy-four percent of the patients had a good or excellent response to the nerve block(s), whereas previous conservative therapy had not helped them. All patients engaged in daily shoulder exercises and physical therapy in addition to receiving the suprascapular nerve blocks. Anesthesiologists should be aware of the therapeutic potential of this simple and safe technique.

  • Pain management
  • shoulder pain
  • Nerve blocks
  • suprascapular

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