The shoulders of the human body undergo tremendous strain
over time. Arm and back movements take a toll on the shoulders. People who have
manual labor jobs, athletes, and people who must complete repetitive manual
tasks with their arms may experience several different types of shoulder
injuries. These injuries may include acute injuries such as rotator cuff tears
or degenerative injuries like arthritis that worsen over time.
For years, typical treatments for shoulder injuries included
lifestyle changes, stretches, pain medications, or surgery for extreme cases.
Today, advancements in stem cell therapy offer many people struggling with common shoulder injuries more complete healing
without the invasive side effects of surgery.
The bones of the upper arm and shoulder joint form a ball
and socket connection. These bones have cartilage between them that prevents
the bones from rubbing against one another as the shoulder joint moves. Over
time, this cartilage may deteriorate, causing pain when moving the arms or
chronic pain that simply never goes away.
Shoulder arthritis can be incredibly debilitating,
preventing the full use of the arms and back, inhibiting sleep due to pain, and
limiting range of motion. In extreme cases, the standard treatment is shoulder
replacement surgery, in which the patient’s deteriorating shoulder joint is
surgically removed and replaced with an artificial joint. While this may prove
effective for some individuals, shoulder replacement is a very invasive
procedure that involves significant recovery time; there is no guarantee the
artificial joint will last for the rest of the person’s life.
Stem cell therapy for shoulder arthritis entails a stem cell shoulder injection of the patient’s own stem cells into the target shoulder. The team performing the procedure extracts the patient’s stem cells from their own bone marrow and then injects the cells into the shoulder joint. Stem cells are unique in that they can transform into many different types of cells. In this case, the stem cells would gradually become new cartilage cells in the shoulder, preventing the bones in the shoulder joint from painfully rubbing together.
Rotator Cuff Injuries
The rotator cuff is the mass of muscles and ligaments
surrounding the bones of the shoulder joint. A rotator cuff injury may occur
from repetitive physical activity, such as lifting or carrying heavy items, or
an acute injury from playing sports or an accident. Some rotator cuff injuries
develop slowly over time, gradually limiting the victim’s range of motion and
In most cases, the standard treatments for rotator cuff
injuries include rest, lifestyle changes, topical pain medications, hot and
cold compresses, or surgery for extreme tears. However, stem cell therapy could
be a less invasive and more effective alternative treatment for some patients
suffering from rotator cuff injuries.
What You Should Know About Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy could be a highly effective alternative treatment for many shoulder injuries, but it helps to understand what risks the stem cell procedure entails, what to expect during a stem cell therapy session, and what kind of results you should hope to see. Most patients who undergo stem cell therapy for shoulder injuries recover from the procedure within a few weeks. After recovery, patients generally report reduced pain, increased range of motion, and significant relief from their shoulder injury symptoms. The stem cells injected continue to last and will continue working in the target area for up to one year following the procedure, and the relief patients experience generally improves during this time.