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Treating Shoulder Injuries with Regenerative Medicine Specialists

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Many people believe that the only options for treating significant shoulder injuries are steroid injections, opioids, or surgery. However, our doctors can offer you an alternative — regenerative medicine solutions like PRP or stem cell treatments can give relief for many common shoulder problems. Conditions like AC joint or glenohumeral arthritis, rotator cuff syndrome, bursitis, bicep tendinitis, labral problems, or ligament sprains all often respond to regenerative techniques. If you suffer from these problems, or other issues that produce pain in your shoulders, pay us a visit to learn whether your body’s own cells might help regenerate your tissues and repair the damage. We are regenerative medicine specialists and can help with such conditions.

Here are a few conditions we frequently treat.

Arthritis
Glenohumeral joint osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition which results from normal wear and tear. It tends to increase as you age or as a result of being overweight. Traumatic injuries — injuries resulting from work or sports, or accidents — may accelerate the degeneration and result in premature OA for younger people also.

AC joint osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is frequently the result of falls (when someone braces themselves) or even simply stretching out the arm. Athletes and people who have physically demanding jobs often experience injuries in this area. Both trauma and overuse of the area may set off pain or osteoporosis.

The pain resulting from shoulder arthritis can be very significant, it often leads to limitations in mobility. A noticeable lump may appear, the collarbone may start protruding, or the shoulder may see bruising.

Conventional treatments for shoulder-area arthritis may fail, leading some patients to believe complete joint replacement is their only option. However this should be considered a last resort – it can lead to irreversible and unsatisfactory results, along with prolonged rehabilitation time and post-operative pain.

PRP or stem cell treatment, however, allows you to use your body’s own cells to repair damaged tissue. This avoids the risks incurred by more invasive treatments. Instead, stem cell or PRP treatments work to restore damaged cartilage and address the underlying problem — they don’t focus on the just the symptoms.

Labral Tears
A torn labrum affects the soft rim of cartilage around the shoulder bone’s ball and socket joint. A number of tendons and ligaments are attached to the labrum, all working together to help stabilize the shoulder. Sometimes the problem is the result of a piece of cartilage which shifts out of position and slowly tears the labrum. In other cases, the injury may be more sudden.

In all cases of a torn labrum, however, the shoulder becomes unstable. It is a tremendously painful condition and does not go unnoticed.

What causes a labral tear? Most cases involve a sports-related injury, as the labrum is connected to the biceps. Harsh motions and strong force in this area (as is seen with golfers, weightlifters, and baseball pitchers) can create labral tears.

Often, conservative care techniques do not give relief for labral tears, leading doctors to recommend surgery. Unfortunately surgery carries with it a rehabilitation period and prolonged post-operative pain. As a result stem cell treatment and/or PRP can be more appropriate, avoiding invasive, painful procedures which do not always succeed.

How Your Diet Affects Stem Cell Health

healthy eating for stem cellsIt’s widely known that a healthy diet is important for keeping all your vital systems in optimal, healthy condition. A common misconception is that a diet consisting of high-fat foods is the main culprit behind critical conditions that lead to more serious disease. However, recent studies show that excessive intake of refined sugars and refined carbohydrates are the real enemy.

High consumption of refined sugar found in sodas, energy drinks, pastries, candy and other processed foods account for more than one-third of the added sugar we consume as a nation, as stated in an article published by Harvard Medical School—and have been attributed as a common factor in the leading cause of death in America; heart disease—according to a report published by the Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC).

However, diet is not only directly related to major heart conditions and other life-threatening disease such as Type II diabetes, but researchers have made a critical link between diet and stem cell health.

A study published by the U.S. National Institutes of Health reports individuals with poor blood sugar control (including diabetics) had fewer stem cells circulating to repair damaged arteries. Conversely, other research shows that the treatment of diabetics to lower blood-sugar levels increased the number of stem cells.

At Regen Doctor in Ventura County, our regenerative medicine physicians believe in a holistic, and preventative approach to optimal stem cell health, and overall wellness.

Make small realistic steps toward healthy eating. Taking a one-day-at-a-time, one-meal-at-a-time approach will lead you down the road to healthy success, as opposed to a radical change in diet that can lead to frustration, and ultimately dietary defeat.

Change what’s easiest for you at first, and you’ll successively make changes that will lead to vastly improved health over time. Here are some other helpful diet suggestions from our doctors to help you not only improve the health of your stem cells, but your whole body:

  • Don’t exclude or completely refrain from food you enjoy. Continue to eat food you love, but in moderate and healthful-size portions.
  • Make healthy sources of carbohydrates a priority in your daily diet including: fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole-grains. These foods provide rich sources of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.
  • Scale back sugars and sweets. Cut down on sugar-loaded drinks (including added sugar to coffee and tea), morning pastries, and desserts. You can continue to enjoy, but keep it to an occasional, to very moderate basis.
  • Skim hidden fats. Fat is a very concentrated source of calories. Higher unhealthy levels can be consumed under the radar if you’re not being mindful of intake. Opt for using vinaigrettes instead of dairy-based dressings on salad. Forgo mayonnaise, sour cream, cream cheese, and other sources of saturated fat, and go with healthy spreads like hummus or avocado instead.
  • Hold back on excess salt and sodium. Eat fewer processed foods that require high levels of salt found in preservatives. Use less salt in cooking and at the table, and request for less salty seasoning when ordering meals in restaurants.

If you have more questions on stem cell health, regenerative medicine, and treatment options, contact us today for a consultation.

By | 2014-12-29T15:13:26+00:00 December 30th, 2014|General Health|0 Comments