The shoulder is one of the strongest joints in the body and is essential for almost any activity. Stem cell therapy, Lipogems® adipose tissue transfer and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment can help people suffering from shoulder pain and provide an alternative to shoulder replacement surgery.
Many shoulder injuries are sports-related including dislocations, fractures and rotator cuff damage.
The rotator cuff is made up of muscles and tendons which connect the upper arm bone to the shoulder blade. The tendons and muscles hold the upper arm bone into the shoulder socket. This structure produces the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body.
The rotator cuff helps you lift and rotate your arm but the rotator cuff tendons can tear or get pinched by the bones around them.
Shoulder pain is also caused by bursitis. This is when the bursa, a sac filled with fluid which sits between your rotator cuff and your shoulder joint, becomes inflamed.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis found in the shoulder. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear when the smooth cartilage which covers the ends of the bones gets worn away. There are two shoulder joints which can be affected by osteoarthritis – the glenohumeral joint which provides most of the shoulder motion and the acromioclavicular (AC) joint which is a smaller joint at the top of the shoulder. People who have arthritis in the AC joint are at risk of developing rotator cuff tears.
Initially, shoulder injuries may be treated with anti-inflammatory medicines, physiotherapy, and corticosteroid injections. Depending on the injury, rotator cuff or shoulder replacement surgery may be recommended.
Stem cell therapy, Lipogems® adipose tissue transfer and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment can be used to treat a number of shoulder conditions and provide an alternative to surgery. Shoulder surgery is challenging because of the complexity of the joint and post-operative recovery can be painful.
People who choose stem cell therapy, Lipogems® adipose tissue transfer and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment typically have a much quicker recovery, less post-operative pain and a return to normal activities sooner.