The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and keep it in place. These muscles are essential to shoulder movements such as lifting your arms and reaching upward. Injuries to the rotator cuff are common and can be caused by either a tear or degeneration of the muscle group. A tear may happen because of a fall or due to ongoing repetitive activities.
Age may also be a factor due to the worsening of muscles as we get older. Common symptoms of a rotator cuff injury include:
- Shoulder pain
- Cracking sounds with moving your arm upwards
- Limited mobility in the arm
- Muscle weakness in the shoulder
If the rotator cuff injury does not heal with proper rest or medications, your doctor may recommend surgery. Surgery can be invasive, have high risk for complications, and have a lengthy recovery time. If this does not sound ideal to you, Regenerative Treatments containing stem cells may be another solution. Many treatments containing stem cells are non-invasive, have low risk, and helps the body heal naturally.
What are Treatments Containing Stem Cells?
Treatments containing stem cells are a type of regenerative medicine that is used in order to introduce healing properties to the injured area and aid in the body’s natural healing process. There are many different types of stem cells and sources from which these stem cells are harvested. Our doctors use Mesenchymal Stem cells derived from Wharton's Jelly. Wharton's Jelly is collected at the time of birth from consenting mothers who are carefully screened. The collection of Wharton's Jelly does not harm the mother nor baby. This tissue is traditionally disposed of. However, it is rich in healing growth factors and mesenchymal stem cells.
Many patient's with rotator cuff injuries find relief through regenerative medicine and treatments containing stem cells. Treatments containing stem cells allow the body to naturally repair damaged, degraded or torn tissue. When these Wharton's Jelly derived stem cells are injected into the shoulder, these cells home in on inflammation and begin repairing the torn tissue.
If you are suffering from a partially torn rotator cuff and are looking for an alternatives to surgery, treatments containing stem cells maybe an option worth exploring. However, if you decide to pursue surgery, treatments containing stem cells still maybe useful in the healing process. In combination with surgery, treatments containing stem cells have the potential to reduce scar tissue and accelerate the healing process. When scar tissue is stalled, there is less potential for future pain.