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.
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.
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.