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Hydrodistension

An ultrasound-guided hydrodistension/hydrodilation involves injecting a mixture of saline (upto 40ml), local anaesthetic and steroid directly into the shoulder capsule under ultrasound guidance. This volume of medication exerts a mechanical stretch that will subsequently allow for improvements in range of movement and significantly improved pain control.

Some patients will experience immediate relief. For others, it can take a week or two to achieve full benefit. Physiotherapy exercises shown should be adhered too immediately following the procedure to allow for the best possible outcome.

Conditions Used for:

  • Frozen shoulder

*We advise a recent x-ray of the shoulder prior to this procedure. We can organise if this has not already been done.