Shoulder injection Birmingham



Shoulder pain is extremely common and can be due to many different factors. Shoulder pain can be due to an acute injury or often caused by degenerative changes either in the rotator cuff muscles/tendons or the joint cartilage. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles that works to stabilise the shoulder joint. Shoulder injuries can be related to sport, exercise or an accident. Whereas, degenerative changes are often related to progressive wear and degradation, and often age-related. Furthermore, shoulder pain can often commonly be related to overuse and poor posture. When the muscles and tendons of the rotator cuff become repetitively overworked or overstretched they can be subject to micro-trauma and irritation. Over a period of time, repeated irritation of the shoulder muscles can consequently lead to inflammation and pain, making everyday activities very difficult.



  • Rotator cuff inflammation/tear

  • Shoulder impingement

  • Osteoarthritis

  • AC injury

  • Tendinitis/bursitis

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Inflammatory arthritis

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  • Trauma

  • Sports injury

  • Overuse

  • Poor mobility

  • Genetic predisposition


Conservative treatment for shoulder pain and injury


  • Stretching - stretching and massage of the shoulder muscles can help to take some of the pressure off the irritated tissues

  • Rest - patients are advised to reduce activities that put stress on the joint and tendons like swimming or repetitive activities 

  • Taping/acupuncture/dry needling -  has been shown to reduce pain, and a number of different taping techniques to support​

  • Manipulation -  breaking down scar tissue and joint manipulations

  • Strengthening -  appropriate strengthening and dynamic stability exercises


Due to modern living, sometimes shoulder pain and tendinitis can turn into chronic pain. If this is the case the other modes of treatment are also available. Injection therapy for shoulder pain and injury is also commonly used to treat the stubborn condition and can deliver good success in many cases. Injection therapies often involve steroid injections and/or platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections.​


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Cortisone injections (steroid injection)

Shoulder pain suffers who have not responded well to conservative treatments may be advised to have a cortisone injection to reduce inflammation and pain. The factors to consider if one is thinking about having a steroid injection is that often (if successful) steroid injections for pain can be short-lived and may have an overall degenerative effect on the local tissue if repeated. Although they can be good for inflammation, cortisone injections are not used for knee tendons due to weakening tissue, putting it at an increased risk for rupture (tear), if repeated too often.


Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections

Growing in vast popularity, platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment is a natural treatment commonly used in sports medicine that uses platelets from the patient’s blood to promote and facilitate healing in damaged tissue. Increased data from evidence-based clinical studies are increasingly showing that platelet rich plasma injections are not only safe and effective for the treatment of shoulder pain and injury, but also have improved benefits over cortisone, particularly for long term progress.

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