Suprascapular nerve block

29 de May de 2023

Suprascapular nerve block, a type of peripheral nerve block especially useful for treating pain in the shoulder area.

What is suprascapular nerve block?

Suprascapular nerve block is a minimally invasive procedure used to relieve shoulder pain. This treatment involves the injection of a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid into the region of the suprascapular nerve, which is responsible for providing sensation and movement to the shoulder. By blocking this nerve, pain transmission is interrupted, providing relief to patients.

In which cases is the suprascapular nerve block applied?

Suprascapular nerve block may be useful in different situations, such as:

  • Chronic shoulder pain due to degenerative diseases, such as osteoarthritis.
  • Postoperative pain after shoulder surgery for fractures.
  • Pain from shoulder injuries, such as tendinitis or bursitis or rotator cuff tears.
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy in patients with functional limitation due to shoulder pain.

How is the suprascapular nerve block performed?

The procedure is performed in our clinic on an outpatient basis and under strict aseptic measures. The specialist uses ultrasound guidance or neurostimulation techniques to precisely locate the suprascapular nerve. A combination of local anesthetic and corticosteroid is then injected into the nerve region. The procedure is quick and usually takes less than 30 minutes.

Advantages of suprascapular nerve blockade

Advantages of suprascapular nerve blockade


  • Fast and effective relief of shoulder pain.
  • Minimally invasive and safe procedure.
  • Facilitates rehabilitation and improves shoulder mobility.
  • Fewer side effects compared to pharmacological treatments.
  • It can be performed on an outpatient basis, without the need for hospitalization.


Suprascapular nerve block at Clínica San Román is a novel and effective treatment option for patients suffering from shoulder pain. If you suffer from chronic shoulder pain or have functional limitations due to pain, do not hesitate to contact our team of specialists to learn more about this treatment and evaluate if it is right for you.


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