Suprascapular nerve block for persistent rotator cuff lesions

J Rheumatol. 1993 Mar;20(3):453-5.


The suprascapular nerve supplies sensory nerves to the posterosuperior aspect of the shoulder, including major portions of the rotator cuff. Suprascapular nerve block using steroid/bupivacaine is temporarily effective in reducing pain in rotator cuff tendinitis and tears, improving movement range in tendinitis and is possible in an outpatient setting with little or no complication risk.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Bupivacaine
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nerve Block*
  • Neurons, Afferent / physiology
  • Rotator Cuff / innervation
  • Rotator Cuff / pathology*
  • Scapula / innervation
  • Tendinopathy / pathology
  • Tendinopathy / therapy*


  • Bupivacaine