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Intracapsular (Glenoid) Injection

During this procedure, a mixture of anesthesia and anti-inflammatory medication is injected into the space between the head of the humerus and the glenoid. This injection can be used to treat a variety of painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and adhesive capsulitis. The physician may choose an injection site on the front, side or rear of the shoulder.

Overview

During this procedure, a mixture of anesthesia and anti-inflammatory medication is injected into the space between the head of the humerus and the glenoid. This injection can be used to treat a variety of painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and adhesive capsulitis. The physician may choose an injection site on the front, side or rear of the shoulder.

Preparation

The patient is placed in a seated position, and the skin on the shoulder is cleaned and anesthetized.

The Injection

The physician carefully inserts a needle into the joint space and injects the medicated solution. The mixture bathes the joint space to reduce pain and inflammation in the joint.

End of Procedure and Aftercare

The needle is removed, and a small bandage is placed on the shoulder. The patient may be advised to avoid strenuous activity for the next few days.

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