Intra-articular Shoulder Joint Injections

An intra-articular shoulder joint injection is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that relieves pain in the shoulder and arm caused by arthritis and injuries. Corticosteroids and hyaluronic acid are the most common medications used in intra-articular shoulder joint injections. 

Step One

Before the procedure, the shoulder is sterilized and a local anesthetic is used to numb the injection area. The type of injection will then be determined based on which part of the shoulder requires treatment. 

Step Two

Once the needle is carefully guided into the shoulder joint, an x-ray device called a fluoroscope will be used to ensure the needle is positioned correctly. A contrast dye may also be used to confirm the needle’s placement. 

Step Three

After the injection is finished, the needle is carefully removed and the injection location will be covered with a bandage. Pain relief is usually experienced within two to three days. However, in some cases, additional injections may be required for optimal effectiveness.