Shoulder Hydrodialatation



A Hydrodilatation is a procedure where a fine needle is placed into the region of interest to stretch the joint capsule. A Hydrodialatation is needed when a patient has a "frozen shoulder" this is a condition that is a result of inflammation of the shoulder joint and a formation of scar tissue, there is often restricted motion and debility. An injection of cortisone and long lasting local anaesthetic (6 hours) will also be injected into the area providing relief in reducing the pain and improving the range of motion. This procedure can be done either under ultrasound guidance or CT.

It is recommended that you have someone drive you home following the procedure.

For SHOULDERS It is also essential that a Physiotherapy appointment has been made the day following your Injection.



In recommending an injection, the doctor believes the benefits to you from having this procedure exceed the risks involved.


Common risks and complications include:

  • Bleeding and/or bruising. This is more common if you take blood thinners.
  • Increase in pain in the region of injection due to the muscle being aggravated by the insertion of the needle. This is usually mild and temporary.
  • Rash which can last a few days