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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 91-95

A preliminary study of a novel technique of suprascapular nerve block in treating chronic shoulder pain


1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Jabalpur Medical College, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Daradia Pain Clinic, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Anaesthesiology, Meditrina Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Dentistry, Jabalpur Hospital, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
5 Department of Orthopaedics, Jabalpur Medical College, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mayank Chansoria
Department of Anaesthesiology, Jabalpur Medical College, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-5333.155177

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Objective: The objective was to evaluate efficacy of a novel landmark-based technique of suprascapular nerve block (SSNB) in the treatment of shoulder pain and disability. Study Design: Prospective, observational study. Materials and Methods: Forty patients with chronic shoulder pain were treated with a new technique of SSNB. Visual analog scale for pain (VAS) and shoulder pain disability index (SPADI) were assessed before giving the block and at both the follow-up visits at the end of 1 st and 4 th week. Pain relief was also assessed on Likert scale in both the follow-up visits. Results: The baseline VAS of 8.45 ± 0.87 was significantly improved to 2.80 ± 0.70 and 5.02 ± 1.02 after 1 st and 4 th week of SSNB, respectively (P = 0.000). Similarly, the baseline total SPADI was of 71.15 ± 4.96, was significantly improved to 55.22 ± 1.32 and 57.61 ± 3.50 after 1 st and 4 th week of follow-up, respectively (P = 0.000). The mean Likert scale score after 1 week was 3.68 ± 0.656 and after 4 weeks was 4.00 ± 0.679. Conclusion: This new technique of SSNB is safe, effective, and well-tolerated in treating chronic shoulder pain and disability.


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