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J. Islam. Int. Med. Coll.. 2012; 7(2): 76-81

Comparison of Suprascapular Nerve Block & Intra-articular Injection in the treatment of Frozen Shoulder

Sohail Iqbal Sheikh, Awais Ahmed, Shahid Javaid, Abdul Basit, Imran Sohail Sheikh, Saba Sohail Sheikh, Zara S. Sheikh.

Objective:The objective of this study was to compare the effect of supra scapular nerve block and intra articular injection to relieve pain and reduce disability in the patients of frozen shoulder.
Study Design: It was a quasi experimental study.
Place and Duration of Study: The study was conducted at the department of Orthopedics, Pakistan Railway Hospital, Rawalpindi,
from August 2011 to September 2012.
Materials and Methods:Patients diagnosed as the cases of frozen shoulder in outpatient department of Orthopedics irrespective of their gender were included in the study. Forty patients and 50 shoulders were divided into two groups by randomization, one group received single suprascapular nerve block and second group received single intra-articular steroid injection. Both groups were advised for physiotherapy after injection. Patients' pain levels and ranges of movement were assessed over a period of twelve weeks.
Results:The study included 40 patients and 50 shoulders to a single suprascapular nerve block and intraarticular steroid injection. The mean age of the patients was 49.4 + 9.97 and the range was 40-60 years. There were 16 females and 24 male patients. Post injection assessment of patients was done at two, six, eight and twelve weeks. There was a significant decrease in pain and marked improvement in range of movement with supra scapular nerve block than with intra articular injection. Patients' pain levels and ranges of movement were
assessed over a twelve week period.
Conclusion:Suprascapular nerve block produced a faster and more complete resolution of pain and restoration of range of movement than intra articular injection.

Key words: Frozen shoulder, Suprascapular nerve block, Intra-articular injection.

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