The shoulder joint is one of the most complex and mobile joints in your body, it is a ball and socket joint with a combination of muscles and tendons keeping your arm bone centered in the socket. The wide range of mobility offered by this joint, from scratching your back or brushing your hair, to swinging a golf club, makes the shoulder joint more susceptible to injuries. The most affected tendons in shoulder injuries are the Rotator Cuff and Biceps tendons.
Shoulder Injuries are common in Athletes who regularly overuse their shoulder joints with repetitive overhead movements such as Weightlifting, Tennis, Golf, Basketball, and Baseball Players. As an occupational hazard Bricklayers, Builders and Gardeners are also on the list.
Such injuries tend to heal slowly as in general, tendons have a poor blood supply, posing difficulty in managing shoulder injuries with conservative treatments. This leaves painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications as the only conventional line of treatment and occasionally the need for surgical repair.
If left untreated the continuous pain experienced will result in subconsciously avoiding the use of the arm and in time, slowly develop into Frozen Shoulder.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been found to significantly enhance the healing process of shoulder soft tissue injury and may in severe cases be supplemented by a Bone Marrow sample to achieve better results.
Regenerative Therapy is used for the following conditions:
- Partial Rotator Cuff Tears
- Tendonitis, Tendinosis, and Tendinopathies
- Shoulder bursitis
- Frozen Shoulder treatment
- Sports Injuries
What are the Benefits of Non-surgical Regenerative Treatments?
Regenerative Shoulder Treatments are minimally invasive, non-surgical, same-day office-based procedures with a significantly reduced recovery and downtime, in comparison to traditional treatment lines.
Injections are done under local anesthesia and ultrasound guidance and take no longer than 1 to 2 hours with no hospitalization admission. The arm is to be rested for one week, leaving the pain to gradually settle and healing to kick in. The PRP concentrate initiates an increased blood flow to the site of injury and growth factors promote the healing. Within one month you should see improvements in pain, mobility, and range.
In comparison, long rehabilitation is needed with conservative management as well as after surgery, versus quick recovery with Regenerative Shoulder Treatments.
Careful examination and review of scans will help guide the Consultant to decide on the exact treatment protocol. Shoulder injuries may or may not require repeat treatments to achieve maximum results, typically this is best assessed after two months.
The outcome of the treatment and extent of improvement varies from one patient to another, depending on the type and severity of the injury.
Regenerative Therapy for Shoulder Pain may help patients who do not respond to the typical conservative treatment or want to reduce their reliance on pain medications.