Rotator cuff injuries involving damage to the tendons are common, especially in sports. A complete tear to the tendon almost always requires surgery. Rotator cuff--partial tears, on the other hand, can be treated with alternative measures.
Treatment Options for a rotator Cuff Injury
Traditional treatments for partial tears to the rotator cuff have involved medication for inflammation, cortisone, and physical therapy. When these methods failed, surgery was the only option. However, there is now an alternative to surgery. Stem cell and platelet treatment are being used in the treatment of partial tears to the rotator cuff.
Board-certified orthopedic surgeons at The Institute of Regenerative & Molecular Orthopaedics have taken stem cell treatment and platelet treatment to a new level. Using traditional methods and regenerative medicine, they have developed their own regenerative treatment regimen. Rotator cuff partial tears have been successfully repaired using their highly evolved techniques.
How Does Stem Cell Treatment Work?
Stem cells used in the treatment of rotator cuff tears are extracted from the patient’s own bone marrow. A special machine is used to isolate stem cells and platelets from the bone marrow. These are then injected directly into the rotator cuff, where they aid the body’s natural healing process in repairing the tear.
Approximately a month later, the patient is given an injection of platelet rich plasma, followed a few weeks later by another plasma injection. Platelet rich plasma, like stem cells, is drawn from the patient’s own body. This plasma gives a new boost to the stem cells that have already been administered.
Stem cell treatment and platelet rich plasma treatment are not replacing traditional methods. Instead, they are merely another development in the treatment of certain injuries, in many cases, offering a viable alternative to surgery. Over the past few years, these methods have successfully helped patients with torn rotator cuffs avoid the pain and inconvenience of a surgical procedure. It has been proven that conventional treatment and regenerative medicine can work together to help heal the body and restore the patient to his or her pre-injury condition.
Contact us for any questions you may have to better understand how we can help relieve the pain you are suffering from due to a rotator cuff injury.