FAQs Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Injuries and Conditions in Colorado
The doctors at the Colorado Clinic have found that stem cell therapy can be used to effectively treat shoulder injuries and conditions. Shoulder problems that are the result of mishap, overuse, or another type of medical situation may be helped by such therapy. If you have questions concerning stem cell therapy and shoulder damage, please take a moment to review the FAQs on this page.
Stem cells, which are most often derived from bone marrow that is harvested from the patient, are pluripotent cells that are able to differentiate in order to become specific cells. They have vast regenerative powers and are able to adapt in order to become bone, tendon, ligament, cartilage, and other types of cells.
At the Colorado Clinic, we have found that stem cells are useful in treating many different kinds of injuries, including those to the shoulder from overuse, misuse, or mishap. Shoulder injuries, which may be treated through surgery, often respond well to stem cell therapy, which is less risky and simpler than a surgical procedure.
What types of shoulder injuries may be treated with stem cell therapy?
Damage to tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone may be treated by stem cell therapy. Specific types of shoulder problems that respond well to stem cell therapy include rotator cuff tears, arthritis of the shoulder joint, and rotator cuff tendonitis. Also AC joint separation, labral tears or degeneration, recurring joint separation, and thoracic outlet syndrome may be treated.
What is the process in using stem cells to treat shoulder problems?
To treat shoulder problems doctors at the Colorado Clinic utilize bone marrow stem cells taken from the patient. After anesthetizing the area from which the bone marrow will be harvested, the doctor inserts a needle and withdraws the marrow. This procedure is noted for being quick and painless with most patients reporting mild discomfort. Along with harvesting bone marrow, blood is also drawn from the patient. This is usually taken from the arm.
The blood and bone marrow are then sent to a lab where the stem cells are extracted from the marrow and platelet rich plasma (PRP) from the blood. In order to extract these solutions, the specimens are loaded and spun in a centrifuge.
The PRP, which contains powerful growth factors, is injected into the shoulder area of the patient and then the stem cells are injected. In order to ensure accuracy in making the injections, doctor uses a MRI or a fluoroscope. The entire process is completed in a few hours. The patient may return to the doctor within the week in order to receive another injection of PRP. This second injection supports further growth and healing.
Once the treatment is complete and the patient is on their way to recovery, strengthening and flexibility exercises may be used to build, tone, and condition the shoulder muscles and surrounding area.
Are there advantages to treating shoulder injuries with stem cell therapy rather than surgery?
There are numerous reasons as to why a patient would choose stem cell therapy over surgery. First, the risk factor is much lower for stem cell therapy than it is for surgery. Plus, there’s far less recovery time associated with stem cell therapy. Finally, stem cell treatments are far less invasive and complicated than surgery.
How do I know if my shoulder injury will respond to stem cell therapy?
The best way to determine if your shoulder problem, whether it is associated with an injury or a medical condition such as arthritis, will respond to stem cell and PRP therapy is by consulting with a medical practitioner who offers such services. After a careful examination of your shoulder, the doctor will be able to determine if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy.