Injections Specialist

Allen Deutsch, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Allen Deutsch, M.D., uses therapeutic shoulder and elbow joint injections to help you avoid surgery whenever possible. He offers a variety of advanced techniques, including steroid injections and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy at his practice in Bellaire, Texas. To learn more about nonsurgical options for rotator cuff and other shoulder and elbow injuries, call the office near Houston or book an appointment online today.

Injections Q & A

What are therapeutic joint injections?

Though Dr. Deutsch is an accomplished and highly trained shoulder and elbow surgeon, he prefers to keep surgery as a last-resort option to reduce risk and complications. A joint injection is a minimally invasive procedure that provides relief from pain and promotes healing in your body, reducing the need for surgery.

Dr. Deutsch offers the following types of joint injections:

Steroid injections

These injections use numbing medications as well as cortisone steroids to reduce pain and inflammation. However, steroid injections alone don’t accelerate the healing process.

Platelet-rich plasma

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary, regenerative medicine technique that Dr. Deutsch uses to help your body heal itself. PRP uses growth factors from your own blood to improve circulation and promote healing.

What joint injections do you use on the shoulder and elbow?

Dr. Deutsch uses joint injections to treat injuries that may otherwise require surgery to repair. If you have a partial rotator cuff tear, biceps tendon tear, or another type of shoulder injury, he may use one or more of the following shoulder joint injections:

  • Glenohumeral joint
  • Acromioclavicular (AC) joint
  • Biceps tendon sheath
  • Subacromial bursa
  • Calcific tendinitis

He also uses injections for elbow conditions such as arthritis of the elbow and tennis/golfer’s elbow syndrome as well as fluid aspiration of the shoulder and elbow joints.

What should I expect from getting shoulder and elbow injections?

First, Dr. Deutsch performs a thorough orthopedic evaluation, including a physical exam and review of your symptoms and medical history. He may also take diagnostic imaging tests, such as an in-office dynamic ultrasound.

Then, he creates a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This may include steroid injections, PRP therapy, or a combination of both.

For PRP therapy, Dr. Deutsch takes a small amount of blood from your arm and processes it in a centrifuge. Then, he re-injects the PRP into your injury site. Depending on the type and location of your injections, Dr. Deutsch may use ultrasound guidance for improved accuracy.

The local anesthetic in steroid injections provides temporary relief from pain while the steroid begins working within a couple of days. Results from PRP therapy take a few days or weeks to become noticeable.

To learn more about nonsurgical treatment for shoulder and elbow pain with orthobiologics, call the office of Dr. Allen Deutsch or schedule a consultation online.