Dr. Carlos Rebollón
Contraindications and Precautions in
Shoulder infiltration is a commonly used procedure to relieve pain and inflammation in this area. However, it’s important to be aware of contraindications and precautions associated with this treatment to ensure its safety and effectiveness.
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General Contraindications of Shoulder Infiltration
Before undergoing shoulder infiltration, it is crucial to consider certain contraindications, such as active skin infections, known allergies to the medications to be used, blood clotting disorders, among others.
Infection Risks and Aseptic Measures
In shoulder infiltrations, the risk of infections is low (approximately between 1% and 2%). This is due to the rigorous aseptic measures applied by healthcare professionals before, during, and after the procedure.
Possible Side Effects: Bruising and Allergic Reactions
Bruising and allergic reactions are possible side effects of shoulder infiltrations and may occur due to tissue manipulation or allergic responses to the medications used.
Considerations for Patients with Preexisting Conditions
In patients with preexisting conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or heart disorders, additional precautions should be considered due to the potential interaction of the infiltration with their health condition. In these cases, it is crucial to assess and address these situations on an individualized basis.
Precautions to Follow After a Shoulder Infiltration
Although shoulder infiltration is not considered dangerous, it is essential to follow medical instructions to minimize any potential risks and maximize the benefits of the treatment.
Rest and Post-Infiltration Care
After a shoulder infiltration, it is recommended to:
Avoid Applying Creams or Lotions to the Infiltrated Area
It is important to avoid applying creams or lotions to the infiltrated area to prevent possible adverse reactions to the medications used. This also aims to maintain the integrity of the skin in the treated area.
Follow-up and Medical Review
It is common for the specialist to schedule a follow-up appointment after shoulder infiltration to assess the effectiveness of the treatment, monitor possible side effects, and adjust the therapeutic plan as needed.
How to Act After a Shoulder Infiltration
After the infiltration, it is important to apply ice and control inflammation appropriately to promote recovery. Additionally, the initiation of rehabilitation exercises should be supervised by a professional to ensure proper execution and avoid possible complications.
Medication Administration and Pain Control
It is fundamental to strictly follow the doses recommended by the doctor and monitor the action of medications to control pain, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics, to ensure effective and safe recovery.