ROTATOR CUFF TEARS
These tears are the common cause of loss of motion and function, stiffness, shoulder pain and weakness. They are the most common injury of the shoulder yet are often difficult to fix surgically.
Surgery versus stem cell therapy for rotator cuff tears
The ineffectiveness of traditional surgery for repairing a tear and the long recovery rehab process has made many patients to seek alternative to rotator cuff surgery. According to a study presented at the annual meeting of American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons in 2012, failure rate for rotator cuff repair surgery was found to be 57 percent in 500 patients. The underlying issue in many rotator cuff tears is the lack of stem cells and not the tear itself. The surrounding muscles and tissues have been weakened due to poor blood supply and therefore less stem cells are carried to the area than what is needed to rebuild and heal the tendons. The problem can not be solved by sewing together bad tissue.
Surgical operation involves cutting into tendons then stitching them back together, after which the tendons are immobilized for long periods of time. This only makes the muscles and tendons weaker.
Troy Physical Medicine’s stem cell treatment for rotator cuff tears
Troy Physical Medicine offers a non-invasive and effective alternative to surgery and other traditional treatments for rotator cuff tears. Our same-day in-office procedure reduces recovery time, pain and the risk associated with traditional surgery.
Troy Physical Medicine treatment for rotator cuff tears involve both Troy Physical Medicine’s complex form of platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy, which has been fortified and enhanced with cytokines and additional natural growth factors. Stem cells are extracted from the patient’s fat (adipose) and bone marrow; PRP and cytokines are extracted from the patient’s blood. After extraction, the cells are purified and filtered in a special device and the resulting highly concentrated solution is injected directly into the rotator cuff, where they aid the body’s natural healing process in repairing the tear.
The platelet rich plasma (PRP) releases growth factors which are able to accelerate the healing process by stimulating the movement of stem cells towards the affected site and making the conditions in the affected area more conducive to repair. The growth factors nourish and guide the stem cells throughout the process of rebuilding and strengthening the damaged tissue.
When is PRP and stem cell therapy used for rotator cuff repair?
PRP and stem cell therapy have been successfully applied in the following cases of rotator cuff damage; as an alternative to:
- Conventional treatments such as cortisone shots, medication and physical therapy, particularly if the pain and decreased range of motion persists despite these treatments.
- To rotator cuff repair surgery.
They have also been used as solution for those whose surgical procedures have failed and want to avoid a “fix it” or “revision” surgery.
You can contact us to find out if PRP and stem cell therapy is right for you if you have rotator cuff tears.
More about rotator cuff tears
Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint in which the ball of your upper arm bone fits into the socket of your shoulder blade. The rotator cuff is a network of four muscles that come together as tendons forming a covering around the head of the upper arm bone keeping the arm bone firmly attached to the socket of the shoulder blade (scapula).
One or more of the four tendons of the rotator cuff muscles may tear. Most of these tears involve the supraspinatus which extends from the shoulder blade to the humerus. The tendons and other ligaments in the shoulder can be as a result of rotator cuff injury. The tears of the rotator cuff can offer a sudden, jerking motion while pulling or lifting, or it may occur after a single event such as a fall when the arm is stretched out.
The rotator tears usually develop gradually due to stress, overuse and natural wear and tear. People who repeatedly lift their arm overhead are more vulnerable to overuse tears. These include athletes such as tennis players, swimmers, weight lifters and basketball pitchers. A tear in the rotator cuff produces a lot of pain and also contributes to instability in the shoulder joint. If it is severe, there may be weakness or an inability to lift the arm.
If you are suffering from rotator cuff tear, you can contact as to find out if our PRP treatment and stem cell therapy is right for you.