Dr. Carlos Rebollón
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Infiltration techniques currently have great acceptance in Panama, efficiently treating patients with common shoulder conditions such as bursitis, tendinitis, acromioclavicular arthritis, and some rotator cuff and biceps pathologies.
One of the greatest benefits of shoulder infiltration is that it is a simple and outpatient procedure, allowing the patient to return to their daily life almost immediately after leaving the doctor’s office. However, the patient must follow the doctor’s recommendations during the suggested period.
WHAT IS SHOULDER INFILTRATION AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
It is a minimally invasive method in which the doctor injects a special substance intradermally, such as corticosteroids, anesthesia, hyaluronic acid, collagen, platelet-rich plasma (to name a few examples), into the joint or into a tissue, muscle, or tendon causing discomfort.
Shoulder infiltration is advised for patients experiencing acute inflammatory processes in this joint, such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, etc.
Infiltration in the shoulder effectively reduces inflammation and joint pain, facilitating faster joint recovery. This means that the improvement will be quicker and longer-lasting compared to other oral analgesic treatments.
HOW IS SHOULDER INFILTRATION DONE?
Shoulder infiltration is performed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia. While ultrasound support was not previously used, it has now been proven to be a great ally for specialists, as it can precisely identify the exact location where the pharmacological substance will be introduced, thus reducing adverse effects.
Although this technique may seem quite simple, it is essential to be performed by a specialized doctor who will adhere to protocols, hygiene and disinfection measures in the area, and correctly use the specialized instruments to ensure a successful treatment.
The main risks in shoulder infiltration are developing an infection at the puncture site and experiencing additional complications due to medical malpractice. Therefore, it is important to entrust the procedure to a highly trained professional.
The effects of infiltration may be noticed within the first 24 or 48 hours and may persist in the patient for weeks or even months. It is recommended to limit the application of infiltrations to a maximum of 3 times per year.
WHEN SHOULD A SHOULDER INFILTRATION BE DONE?
Doctors usually recommend it for patients with inflammatory pathologies, with the most common ones being bursitis, tendinitis, tendinosis, calcifications, and occasionally, other problems in the glenohumeral area.
Shoulder infiltration contributes to instant relief of joint pain, reduces inflammation, and stimulates tissue regeneration, resulting in a better quality of life for the treated patient.
SHOULDER INFILTRATION FOR BURSITIS
Bursitis can be very painful and may last for a long time, leading both the doctor and the patient to seek different conservative treatment alternatives. One of them is the infiltration of the subacromial area with corticosteroids, which is done to alleviate symptoms associated with bursa inflammation.
SHOULDER INFILTRATION FOR TENDINITIS
Patients with rotator cuff tendinitis experience functional improvement in joint movement, as well as in other load-bearing and friction actions of the limb, thanks to infiltrations with platelet-rich plasma or collagen.
SHOULDER INFILTRATION WITH HYALURONIC ACID
Subacromial infiltration with hyaluronic acid has shown a high effectiveness rate in reducing chronic shoulder pain. It is supported by multiple international scientific studies, considering it a safe treatment method for adults.
SHOULDER INFILTRATION WITH PLATELETS
Intradermal injection of platelets promotes the process of regeneration and repair of damaged tissues. Platelet-rich plasma is obtained autologously, so it does not pose any risk of toxicity or allergies to the patient.
SHOULDER INFILTRATION WITH OZONE
Ozone treatment has shown satisfactory results in enhancing reconstructive and healing effects on musculoskeletal tissues, particularly in the case of painful pathologies of joint or bone origin.
SHOULDER INFILTRATION WITH BETAMETHASONE
Local infiltrations with betamethasone (a steroid belonging to the corticosteroid group) represent a cost-effective option with minimal complications and significant benefits for joint health, including improved mobility and reduced pain. For this reason, the application of this technique has had a high demand in recent years.
HOW MUCH DOES A SHOULDER INFILTRATION COST?
The cost of a shoulder infiltration in Panama usually varies depending on the type of medication that will be injected and the protocol to follow based on the injury.
If you are considering this option to address your shoulder discomfort, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible to provide you with a quote tailored to your needs.
IS SHOULDER INFILTRATION PAINFUL?
The prick of the shoulder infiltration is very similar to that of any other inoculation or vaccine in the arm, and although it is not painful, the patient may experience slight discomfort as the syringe comes into direct contact with the body. However, after this, you can be assured that you will not have any additional sensations.