Procedure Infiltration Subacromial Bursa

Position and anatomical landmarks

The patient should be in a supine position. The lateral corner of the acromion is identified. The subacromial bursa is injected exactly in the center.


After sterile preparation of the area, 4 ml bupivacaine 0.25% with 40 mg depot corticosteroid is injected.

Directly after a well-performed infiltration of the shoulder bursa, the passive shoulder abduction has to be normalised.


  • The most serious complication after the injection is infection.
  • Small subcutaneous bleedings may result in a temporary increase in pain after the injection.
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