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You’re at a crossroads on your road to making a decision about treatment for your rotator cuff tear, and this information will make certain you make the best choice.

Rotator cuff tears are common, so common that almost 50% of Americans over sixty have been diagnosed with one. The condition is degenerative but can also be sustained from trauma like a car accident or repetitive motions from normal activity like work and exercise. Everyone is at risk so even if you don’t have one already, this information will probably one day prove invaluable to your health.

Shoulder joints have the most range of motion than any other joint in your body. These joints have to accommodate the versatile movement capability of our arms, shoulders, back, and chest and reach forward backward up and down while supporting weight from the objects we carry and manipulate. An intricate system of bones, muscles, and tendons cushioned by cartilage full of a dense network of fibrous collagen in your shoulder facilitates almost every move you make throughout the day so an injury to this area can be debilitating and life changing. Rotator cuff tears are so common you would assume medical advancements would have come up with a suitable treatment for the condition but that couldn’t be further from the case. Traditional treatments like cortisone and physical therapy make a good attempt at remedying the problem, but many patients who choose this route end up on a merry go round of temporary relief and recurring pain. To break the cycle, many doctors offer rotator cuff tear surgery, but the results of this invasive procedure are underwhelming at best. Those complexities that make our arms so flexible also poses a difficult challenge to surgeons. The execution is crucial because reattached tendons are sluggish healers and frequently take a great deal of time to heal. In addition, that network of fibrous collagen is difficult to repair, and it’s often difficult for surgeons to restore full range of motion and eliminate symptoms.

Is Stem Cell Therapy a Viable Option?

Stem cell therapy treatments are rapidly increasing in popularity and have become the go to solution for many orthopedic conditions. Professional athletes everywhere are opting for effective but less invasive procedures that give them the results they need without a lengthy recovery Recently, Jordan Reed, TE for the Washington Redskins chose stem cell treatment over traditional treatments for his rotator cuff tear and here’s why you should too.

Stem cell therapy treatments work with your body’s natural healing system to repair and regenerate damaged tissue, bone, ligaments, tendons, and muscle. This treatment solution goes beyond the promises of cortisone and surgery and offers permanent healing solutions with less impact on your life and longevity.

Doctors treat rotator cuff tears with stem cell therapy in a couple of different ways. Depending on the severity of your injury you may be recommended for regenerative stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma therapy or a combination of both treatments to increase the function of your shoulder and eliminate pain.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

Stem cells used for your stem cell therapy treatment are harvested straight from your own body, so there is no need to worry about any risks associated with a donor or donor cells. Stem cells are derived from either your bone marrow or adipose (fat) cells in a minimally invasive outpatient extraction procedure. These stem cells are isolated to produce a concentrated treatment full of cytokines that can command growth and healing in your shoulder. Your stem cells are injected into your damaged rotator cuff areas, and this outpatient process takes a few short hours to complete. Many patients experience a noticeable reduction in pain within days of the treatment and a drastic change in symptoms in about 30 days. Some patients will require another round of stem cell treatment about a month after the initial treatment but because there is no debilitating recovery after the procedure you don’t have to worry about the additional treatment restricting your normal quality of life.

Shoulders have a limited blood supply and lifestyle choices like smoking or poor diet limit that blood flow even more making this area particularly difficult to heal. Stem cell therapy treatments are the only treatment currently available that can improve the healing potential of your shoulders and create a fertile bed for your body to regrow damaged tissue. We heavily depend on the function of our arms so when choosing an option to eliminate pain in your shoulders, choose the option that will give you the opportunity to heal permanently and reverse the damage.