Shoulder pain treatments | Stem Cell Therapy | PRPJanuary 8, 2016 January 8, 2016
Researchers are saying that surgical repairs of degenerated and torn tissue are often prone to failure and that Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or Stem Cell Injection Therapy may improve outcomes. In fact, injections of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) have led to reduced pain and improved recovery in other degenerated areas together with the restoration of function. 1
We see many patients who are looking for a second, third, or fourth opinion for their chronic pain problems. Sometimes this will be for their shoulder and the hope that an option is available to surgery.
Many doctors are now of the opinion that the repair of shoulder injuries will move towards regenerative medicine techniques such as Stem Cell Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, and Prolotherapy. The reason? Because these techniques are being shown to be very effect at healing injuries on the cellular level as in the case of stem cells.
Surgery is an invasive procedure. It requires a lengthy recovery, monitoring for infection and complications, and the possibility that it will not succeed.
Studies have shown that failed shoulder surgery presents problems such as failed rotator cuff syndrome, that is, with continued pain, weakness, and limited active range of motion following arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. Fixing this failed surgery has doctors admitting that this is a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge.2
Shoulder pain treatments
Shoulder arthritis is usually caused by an impact or wear and tear injury where the connective tissue never fully healed. The looseness or laxity of the shoulder causes an abnormal movement and instability that may also result in bone spurs, the body’s attempt to stabilize the joint.
The research on PRP is getting strong. Recently doctors noted that traumatic and degenerate tears of the rotator cuff, subacromial impingement, and osteoarthritis are becoming the focus of nonoperative management has focused on treatment of the predisposing factors, the use of analgesics and anti-inflammatory medication usually in association with local anesthetic and steroid injections.While these treatments were seen to have varying degrees of effectiveness, injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) have led to reduced pain and improved recovery in particular the treatment of rotator cuff tears.3
1. Mei-Dan O, Carmont MR. The role of platelet-rich plasma in rotator cuff repair. Sports Med Arthrosc. 2011 Sep;19(3):244-50. doi: 10.1097/JSA.0b013e318227b2dc.
2. Strauss EJ, McCormack RA, Onyekwelu I, Rokito AS. Management of failed arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2012 May;20(5):301-9
3. Mei-Dan O, Carmont MR. The role of platelet-rich plasma in rotator cuff repair. Sports Med Arthrosc. 2011 Sep;19(3):244-50. doi: 10.1097/JSA.0b013e318227b2dc.