Stem Cell Injection Shoulder
Shoulder pain can cause a lot of discomfort to anyone. It can also affect a person’s ability to do physical activities like playing sports, going to work, or even accomplishing daily household chores. It could be a long-term problem for anyone.
For this reason, people suffering from shoulder issues should consider some form of shoulder treatment. The most common procedure is surgery. However, not everyone wants to go under the knife. This is because there are certain risks involved when it comes to having a surgical procedure done on the shoulders and success is not certain.
Risks of Shoulder Surgery
Although surgery involving general anesthesia is typically safe, there is a risk of complications such as stroke, heart attack, pneumonia, or blood clot for people with certain conditions or health concerns. These include:
- Alcohol use
- High blood pressure
- Extremely high blood sugar levels
- Obesity problems
- Regular seizures
- Drug allergies
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- History of suffering from stroke
- History of adverse reaction to anesthesia
Patients undergoing surgery for their shoulders may also suffer from nerve damage and shoulder infection. Also at slight risk are older adults and those that have serious medical problems or have been undergoing more extensive procedures.
However, it is important to note that only a small percentage of patients experience complications after surgery. A much more common complaint is stiffness and ongoing pain after having surgery on their shoulders.
Viable Alternative to Surgery
For people who don’t want to undergo surgery for their shoulders, there is a shoulder treatment alternative that is noninvasive — stem cell treatment. A part of the broader area of medicine called “regenerative medicine,” stem cell treatments involve harvesting stem cells from a person’s bone marrow and then injecting them to the affected body part. Stem cells are useful for reducing inflammation and repairing the shoulder’s damaged bones, cartilages, ligaments, tendons, or nerves. Compared to surgery, stem cell therapy has the following advantages:
- Stem Cells Treatments Have Reduced Risks/Complications
Unlike orthopedic surgery, stem cell injection is minimally invasive. By using thin-needles, stem cells are injected into the affected body part to begin the process of self-repair. This process has lower failure risks and complications compared to surgery, where nerves, blood vessels, and lymphatic vessels are cut and may cause significant complications.
- Stem Cell Treatments Do Not Require General Anesthesia
Some patients are not comfortable with general anesthesia due to the fear of pain during or after the procedure. There are also those who experience anxiety thinking that they may have awareness during the operation. Other issues like fear of death, nausea, needle phobia, and even paralysis raise some concerns as well. Patients undergoing stem cell injections don’t have to worry about the issues associated with general anesthesia.
- Stem Cell Injections Doesn’t Leave Scars
A surgical procedure requires making incisions or cuts through the skin, muscle, and other layers of the body. This may leave visible scars on the patient. Because stem cells treatments are done through the use of injections only, scarring will never be an issue.
- Stem Cell Treatment Doesn’t Require Hospitalization
The recovery time for stem cells treatments is shorter than traditional orthopedic surgery. Patients who have gone through stem cell injection are not required to be confined in the hospital and can be discharged the same day of the procedure.
- Stem Cell Treatment Has Minimal Post-Procedure Recovery Time
It is general knowledge that recovery after surgery may take some time, depending on patient’s condition and the type of procedure done. More often, those who go under the knife should wait for several weeks before going back to their normal daily activity. Compared to surgery, stem cell injections require minimal recovery time. This means patients can get back to normal daily activity within a week and there are minimal restrictions involved.
- Pain Medication Is Minimal After Stem Cell Injection Procedure
Multiple pain-reducing medications are usually required to manage post-surgical pain. It may take a month or two before someone who undergoes surgery can stop taking pain medications. Stem cell injections require far less need for pain medication.
Some Common Questions About Stem Cells Treatment
Although stem cell treatment has been around for quite some time already, there are certain things to know for someone who is planning to undergo stem cell injections for shoulder pain.
- How Much Does a Shoulder Stem Cell Treatment Cost?
In the United States, the cost of stem cell treatment depends on the clinic and the treating physician. Gathering of stem cells from the bone marrow can only be done by a trained licensed medical professional.
- Are Stem Cells Treatments Painful?
Drawing of stem cells from the pelvic bone is a painless procedure. Stem cell injections, however, can cause some minor discomfort. The stem cell injection site might feel sore for a week (regular injections have the same effect). Doing too many physical activities is not advisable and talking NSAIDs is only allowed after a few weeks although we can give you pain medications if needed as part of your recovery.
- After Stem Cell Treatment, How Long Does It Take to Feel Relief?
Stem cells treatments stimulate the body’s natural healing response. It usually takes three to eight weeks for a person to feel improvement.
- Do Stem Cells Treatments Have Side Effects?
In general, a patient who has undergone stem cell treatment would likely feel little discomfort. Although some people report experiencing side effects such as pain and discomfort, these typically do not last for more than a week at most. There is no report of long-term negative side effects.
- What Is the Success Rate of Stem Cell Treatment?
Many patients who have had stem cell injections are satisfied with the results and are willing to undergo the process again. Data from the National Institute of Regenerative Medicine reveals that the majority of knee and hip patients reported major relief.
Finding A Treatment Center
When it comes to shoulder stem cell therapy, it is important to find a treatment center that offers quality service. The Boston Stem Cell Center, a stem cell treatment facility in Framingham, MA, is led by medical director Janet D. Pearl, MD, MSc. She is board-certified in Regenerative Medicine, Pain Medicine, and Anesthesiology. The center offers a customized treatment program based on client needs, with the goal of improving function and quality of life.
The Boston Stem Cell Center offers only stem cells treatments that are allowed by the FDA. It makes sure that its stem cell treatment programs are backed by scientific studies that have been published in reputable medical journals. Procedures like live cord or live amniotic stem cells are not being offered at the center due to the risks they pose.
The treatment center’s stem cell treatment is often a combination of:
- The bone marrow – This is extracted from the back of the patient’s pelvis, where there are highest concentration of stem cells that important drivers for tissue regeneration.
- Fat or adipose tissue – Small amount of fat is removed from the patient’s abdomen, hip, or buttock area. Adipose tissue primarily acts as a scaffold. It can also contain regenerative cells that are helpful for healing injured organs or body parts and may help stimulate new blood vessel growth.
- Platelet rich plasma – PRP is gathered from a simple blood draw. It activates the body’s natural healing cascade for repair and regeneration.
Need Stem Cell Shoulder Treatment?
If you are feeling discomfort in your shoulder’s joints, call us at The Boston Stem Cell Center for a free consultation. We are always ready to answer your inquiries. When you contact us, our team of professionals who are trained in stem cells treatments can assess whether stem cell treatment is right for you. We can also provide you with what you need to know about stem cell injections and how they can benefit you in the long run.