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This depends on what’s wrong. If you have arthritis in your shoulder, three to four injections a year are fine. If one or two ultrasound-guided injections did not relieve the pain for a reasonable time, more injections will not help. Cortisone can compromise the quality of the tendons of the rotator cuff. This is why it’s not a good idea to give too many injections when a tendon tear is involved.
This depends on your age, if there are associated injuries and the level of sport you play. Each case is different and you should speak to a specialist shoulder surgeon as soon as possible.
If your clavicle is displaced and shortened you will need surgery. Discuss this with your orthopaedic surgeon.
This is an operation where the space between the bone on top of the shoulder and the rotator cuff is cleaned up and the tip of this bone is shaved of to give more space for the muscles to move.
Most likely, this it is more common in females between 40 and 60 years of age, diabetic patients and patients with thyroid disease.
Calcium deposit in the rotator cuff is a self-limiting disease. But it can be one of the most painful conditions in the shoulder. If conservative treatment does not relieve the pain, surgery is indicated.
If your pain has not responded to pain medication and intra-articular cortisone injections, a replacement is indicated.