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Suprascapular Block Rubin Reviewed

What is Suprascapular Block?

A Suprascapular nerve block is a specialized injection that targets the suprascapular nerve in the shoulder. This injection contains a mixture of a local anesthetic and sometimes a corticosteroid, aimed at providing pain relief for various shoulder conditions.

What it Can Treat

Suprascapular nerve blocks are highly effective in treating:

Rotator cuff pain

Shoulder arthritis

Frozen shoulder

Other chronic shoulder pain conditions

How it is Administered

Under ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance, a small needle into the vicinity of the suprascapular nerve, ensuring pinpoint accuracy. The procedure usually takes around 5 minutes, with the effects lasting for several weeks or even months.

What is PNS?

PNS, or peripheral nerve stimulation, refers to the process of placing an electrode near the nerve fibers responsible for transmitting pain signals. It can provide longer-lasting relief than nerve blocks.

How is a PNS Administered?

For chronic shoulder pain, Suprascapular nerve stimulation is a procedure where a small electrode is placed via a single needle nerve fibers causing the pain. This procedure is typically performed in the operating room and has proven successful in relieving the pain longer term.


Both Suprascapular blocks and PNS are considered low-risk procedures, but like all medical interventions, they have potential risks:



Temporary increase in pain

Rarely, nerve damage or lung injury

Your Path to Relief Starts Here. If you are living with chronic shoulder pain, don’t hesitate any longer. Call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Edward Rubin, to discuss how Suprascapular blocks and PNS could be the solutions you’ve been searching for.