Shoulders play such a huge role in everyday activities that you may take them for granted. But rotator cuff tears, arthritis of the shoulder joint, thoracic outlet syndrome, labral tears or degeneration, rotator cuff tendonitis, AC joint separation and recurrent shoulder dislocations play havoc with your life when they strike. Stem cell therapy for shoulders can lead to remarkable results when provided by an experienced pain specialist who understands shoulder pain.
Your shoulders are two of the more complicated joints in your body. You probably never took time to appreciate everything your shoulders do — until they become the source of your pain. A functioning shoulder joint is involved in almost every move your arm makes. To work properly, every part of your joints need to work together.
Your shoulder is only as strong as its weakest component. A single problem left untreated can lead to a domino effect of problems down the road. This is where the versatility of stem cell therapy comes in handy. An experienced Manhattan pain specialist such as Dr. Leon Reyfman can safely treat a variety of shoulder problems with regenerative therapies and break the cycle of further damage.
The Problem Is…
The problem with complex joints is that they have a lot of moving parts. Anything can go wrong. And there are many different ways to get hurt, including:
- A fall or forceful impact
- Isolated damage to your arm bone, shoulder socket or collar bone
- Cartilage damage or degeneration
- Problems with nerves and vessels
- Issues with muscles, tendons or ligaments
- Arthritis in the shoulder joint
Regardless of the location or the severity of your pain, stem cell therapy can address it, simply, safely and effectively. A simple outpatient procedure that often takes less than an hour can decrease your pain and help your body heal itself. And while the results aren’t always immediate, they can last a lifetime.
Sometimes, the simple solutions work best. A minimally invasive stem cell treatment encourages your body to do exactly what it was designed to do: heal itself. Stem cells are the building blocks of your body. The cells taken from your bone marrow can transform into tendons, ligaments, cartilage or bone.
Stem cells from bone marrow can be used to treat a number of shoulder and rotator cuff injuries. In the hands of your highly skilled NYC stem cell specialist, they ease the pain and help heal:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Arthritis of the shoulder joint
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Labral tears or degeneration
- AC joint separation
- Recurrent should dislocations
Rotator Cuff Tears Mended
Your rotator cuff isn’t a cuff; it’s a group of four tendons and muscles that form a protective shield over the top of your arm bone in your shoulder socket. It also helps you lift and rotate your arm. If you tear even one tendon, whether partially or fully, your rotator cuff can’t attach properly. The damage always gets worse if not treated. And the longer they go, the worse the consequences get. Rotator cuff tears are common in adults.
Fortunately, stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma treatments offer alternative options. An effective therapy that promotes rotator cuff healing, these treatments help you avoid further complications because they treat the problem at its source.
A Treatment for Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
If you’re experiencing swelling, irritation or inflammation in the tendons of your rotator cuff, chances are you’ve developed rotator cuff tendonitis. It’s common in people who have to frequently raise their arms, although it can occur without an obvious cause. And it’s extremely painful.
Stem cells help strengthen the tendons. Because stem cells are extracted from your bone marrow with a simple one-step needle extraction process, they have anti-inflammatory properties that can drastically reduce swelling and fight pain.
Shoulder Complaints Abound
The ball and socket joint of your shoulder is notoriously unstable because it’s relatively shallow. Your labrum is a soft rim of cartilage that lines your socket, making it a little deeper. When this cartilage tears or begins to weaken over time, it has the potential to compromise the joint. Labral tears or degeneration also weaken tendon attachments.
After your stem cells are extracted from your bone marrow, they’re injected into your shoulder, where they promote your body’s own healing process. Not only do they strengthen the joint, reduce pain and improve mobility, but stem cells also promote the growth of new cartilage.
Persistent Shoulder Pain
Thoracic outlet syndrome is the term used to describe a whole group of disorders. Your thoracic outlet is the space between your lower neck and upper chest where you have a grouping of nerves and blood vessels. When those nerves and/or blood vessels are compressed, irritated or injured, you feel pain.
The anti-inflammatory property of stem cell therapy for shoulders is beneficial. Reduced swelling means relieving compression and taking pressure off your nerves and blood vessels.
Painful AC Joint Separation
Acromioclavicular (AC) joint separation occurs when your collarbone and shoulder blade have separated. When there’s disruption in your AC joint, it results in pain and instability in your entire arm. Sleeping on your affected side or attempting overhead movements cause severe pain.
Stem cell therapy done properly by your NYC stem cell specialist can dramatically ease your pain and discomfort. The procedure strengthens and stabilizes your ligaments and encourages correct healing in the entire joint.
When It Keeps Happening
Dislocating your shoulder means you’ve separated your arm bone from your shoulder socket. Not only is this a traumatic injury, but after you’ve dislocated your shoulder once, it’s easier to do again. This condition is known as recurrent shoulder dislocations.
Without stem cell injections, the damage and instability caused by the dislocations will never fully heal. Regenerative therapy treats the whole shoulder dislocation — tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bone and all.
Wear and Tear Problems
Osteoarthritis, often called a wear-and-tear condition, causes swelling and stiffness in your joints. It’s a degenerative condition that can affect any joint. If untreated, arthritis of the shoulder joint has the potential to wear away the smooth cartilage that serves to cushion and protect your shoulder.
Traditional treatment for osteoarthritis in the shoulder may rely on joint replacement surgery or pain medications. And without cartilage, the bones of your joint continue to rub directly against each other. Stem cell therapy for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can regenerate your cartilage, reduce your swelling, and relieve your pain.