North Hampshire Hospital
The Hampshire Clinic
Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK

Mr John Britton FRCS
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Information for patients undergoing orthopaedic treatment


Advice on Shoulder Injection

Before embarking on shoulder injection you should be aware of the following facts. If you have any other questions you should ask your surgeon for further information.


  • Diagnostic It is often difficult to be sure from where in the shoulder girdle pain is coming. Injection of local anaesthetic into specific areas can be a very useful diagnostic tool
  • Therapeutic:  A steroid (cortisone) is injected into the shoulder as well as local anaesthetic. Since shoulder pain is often due to soft tissue inflammation this often provides a long term cure.


  • There are very few risks associated with shoulder injection.
    Increased pain may be experienced for 48 hours. Pain is normally mild, but on occasions can be severe and require treatment with painkillers.

  • Infection is a theoretical risk but is extremely rare.

Procedure details

  • Injection requires no special equipment and is done as an outpatient procedure


  • Pain relief is normally seen within a few days

  • You may exercise as comfortable


For further information please see

John Britton FRCS
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon



J M Britton 2007

Site map