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Suprascapular Nerve Block for Shoulder Pain

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Suprascapular Nerve Block for Shoulder Pain

Your shoulder is a moveable joint that is prone to injury and pain. The suprascapular nerve is formed from the C4, C5, and C6 nerve roots. The nerve provides feeling to the shoulder. 

When a patient experiences pain in the suprascapular nerve or in the shoulder joint, a suprascapular nerve block may be recommended. This block helps treat acute pain, postoperative pain, rotator cuff injury, rheumatoid arthritis, or adhesive capsulitis.

The treatment site is first cleansed with antiseptic. A small needle is inserted into the notch at the top of the shoulder blade. A local anesthetic and steroid are injected to block the pain receptors and provide pain relief. X-ray or imaging guidance may be used to ensure proper placement of the injection.

Suprascapular nerve blocks take only a few minutes and are performed in the office. Immediate relief is due to the anesthetic; relief from the steroid may be felt a couple days after the procedure. Results vary from patient to patient, but results can last several months.

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Get relief for your chronic shoulder pain! If you have pain or an injury in your shoulder joint, schedule an appointment with Dr. Usman Ahmad. Dr. Ahmad is a board certified physiatrist who utilizes innovative techniques for diagnosis and treatment. Suprascapular nerve blocks effectively provide long-lasting pain relief for your shoulder.

At Advanced Sports & Spine in Charlotte, we follow a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to pain management. We offer a wide range of treatment options, including non-surgical, non-opioid pain management. We strive to heal your injuries, alleviate your pain, and improve your mobility and quality of life as quickly as possible.

Same treatment, Lower cost

At Advanced Sports & Spine, we offer affordable suprascapular nerve blocks for shoulder pain in Charlotte. We utilize innovative pain management techniques, treatments, and procedures to help you heal and find pain relief.

Using the latest techniques and equipment, we perform procedures in the office, not in a hospital or outpatient facility. Our affordable treatments are performed in a comfortable private medical office with our compassionate staff. This ensures patients avoid extra facility fees charged by hospitals, outpatient medical centers, and hospital-owned medical practices.

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Our patients’ health comes first! Personalized patient care sets our practice apart. We offer a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to pain management including non-surgical, non-opioid treatment solutions.

Contact Dr. Usman Ahmad and Advanced Sports & Spine for suprascapular nerve blocks in Charlotte if you are having shoulder pain. Schedule an appointment today!

frequently asked questions

WHAT INSURANCES DO YOU ACCEPT?

Dr. Ahmad is in-network with most insurance companies. If you provide us with your insurance information before your new patient appointment, our team will contact your insurance company and complete a benefits check. Generally speaking, a copay is usually your only change on your new patient visit. Other than your copay, you will be notified in advance of any other costs for your appointment.

WHAT TYPE OF PROCEDURES ARE DONE AT THIS PRACTICE?

You will not find another non-surgical, non-opiate interventional pain management office in the greater Charlotte Area offering such a diverse and innovative array of services. Dr. Ahmad and his team will do a thorough exam on your area of complaint, provide you with a complete diagnosis, and recommend the best course of action to help eliminate your pain.

WHAT TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE THERE OTHER THAN MEDICATION?

WILL I ALWAYS SEE THE SAME PROVIDER?

Most of the time you will be treated by the same provider unless the treatment varies.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

Our office is conveniently located in the Arboretum Office Park at the intersection of Pineville Matthews Road and Providence Road, less than a mile from the Providence Road Exit off of 485. The Arboretum Office Park is located across Providence Road from the main section of the Arboretum. Our actual address is 8035 Providence Road Suite 340, Charlotte, NC 28277

ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH A HOSPITAL?

Advanced Sports & Spine is a private practice, not annexed to or owned by a hospital facility. We are a non-facility fee office. Therefore, our patients pay less compared to having the procedure performed at a hospital.

IF I DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? DO YOU ACCEPT CASH? DO YOU FINANCE?

The cost depends on 2 main factors: how severe your condition is and how many joints or areas of the body you are looking to have treated. Dr. Ahmad and his team will be able to answer this question for you more thoroughly after your initial examination and review of diagnostic findings. 

Yes, we do accept cash. We also have the most competitive pricing in the Carolinas with many different financing options, such as Care Credit and Advance Care, offering low monthly payments and interest free options for up to 14 months.

IF I RECEIVE AN INJECTION DO I NEED A DRIVER?

For joint injections, a driver is not needed. For spinal and PRP injections, a driver is recommended.

HOW LONG WILL THE INJECTION TAKE?

Steroid injections can take up to 5 days before they start working.

HOW LONG BEFORE I START FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THE INJECTION?

Steroid injections can take up to 5 days before they start working. Average relief is up to 3 months, but that does not mean it will not last that long or that it could last even longer.

For ESI and Facet injections, relief is up to 3 months, but that does not mean it will not last that long or it could even last longer. MBB only lasts 1 day and determines if you are a candidate for RFE. You return the next day with a pain diary. RFA procedures can last 6 months to a year.

WHAT MEDICATION IS USED FOR THE INJECTION? WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

Joint injections contain a steroid and anesthetic. Whenever you break the skin, there is a possibility of bleeding and infection. However, those risks are minimized because image guidance is used. If you have Diabetes, the injection can increase sugar levels for up to 3-4 days. Steroids given close to the skin can cause discoloration or dimpling.

WHERE ARE THE INJECTIONS PERFORMED? DO I GO TO A SURGERY CENTER?

At Advanced Sports & Spine, the majority of our pain management procedures are performed in our Charlotte office. We use state-of-the-art equipment. Our ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance techniques ensure accuracy, help limit complications, and increase success rates.

Conditions Treated

We offer to help patients with the following conditions

Back and neck pain, acute or chronic

Arthritis/bursitis

Accident injuries

  • Low Back and Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Sciatica/Radiculopathy
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Shoulder, Knee, Hip and other joint pains
  • Occupational injuries
  • Neuralgias
  • Sports injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Peripheral nerve entrapments
  • Complex Region Pain Syndrome
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Spasticity
  • Trigger fingers
  • Peripheral Neuropathy

Working Hours

MONDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
TUESDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
WEDNESDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
THURSDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
FRIDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
SATURDAY Closed
SUNDAY Closed

Clinic Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday – Sunday: Closed

HANDLING PHONE CALLS

MON – FRI: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

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