J Korean Orthop Assoc.  2019 Oct;54(5):393-401. 10.4055/jkoa.2019.54.5.393.

Ultrasound-Guided Shoulder Injections

  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Chosun University Hospital, Gwangju, Korea. nevereverhuhh@hanmail.net
  • 2SunJaeMyeong Orthopedics Clinic, Boseong, Korea.


The shoulder pain is one of the most common problems to orthopaedic surgeons in clinic. Among therapeutic modality used to manage this pain, joint and periarticular injection, as well as suprascapular nerve block, show good clinical outcome. Ultrasound guidance is a safe technique, increasing the safety and accuracy of the procedure and reducing complications. An accurate understanding of the surface anatomy is important in performing the ultrasound-guided shoulder injections. This article aims to describe the surface anatomy and sono anatomy of both the shoulder and the surrounding structures and also summarize different infiltration techniques and peripheral nerve blocks.


shoulder injection; supraspinatus tendon; infraspinatus tendon; biceps long head tendon; glenohumeral joint
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