Dealing with chronic shoulder pain on a daily basis can make even the smallest of movements difficult, such as reaching up to get something off the shelf, enjoying your favorite activities, or playing with the grandkids. While most doctors recommend medication or shoulder replacement surgery for treatment; however, there are other drug-free, non-surgical treatment options available for lasting shoulder pain relief.
Surgery can often be a risky procedure that opens the body up to potential complications, such as blood clots and infections. Additionally, surgery is typically not a one-and-done procedure. Most people have to undergo rehabilitation and downtime after surgery, which can take weeks or months until full recovery.
Thankfully, there are alternative treatment options that are effective for those who suffer from severe shoulder pain.
Regenerative Medicine Treatments for Shoulder Pain
Regenerative medicine is a safe alternative to surgery and medications that get to your pain’s root cause for effective relief.
Two main regenerative medicine treatments can help relieve a painful shoulder and help you get your quality of life back:
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP therapy
- Regenerative tissue treatments
With platelet-rich plasma therapy, your body’s innate healing power is used to repair and revitalize your painful shoulder, bringing you effective relief straight to the source. PRP therapy works through the extraction of a small sample of your blood. From there, the blood is spun through a device called a centrifuge, in which the healing properties, platelets, and plasma, separate from the other components in the blood. The rich, golden PRP solution remaining is what is then injected into your shoulder so that the growth factors and proteins within the PRP solution encourage and enhance your body’s naturally occurring healing mechanisms for effective relief.
Regenerative tissue therapy is a bit different from PRP, but it still encourages your body’s natural healing properties to flock to the source of your pain for lasting, effective relief. The regenerative tissue used in this type of treatment is derived from the Wharton’s jelly of umbilical allografts after a C-section birth. The umbilical allografts are donated by prescreened, consenting mothers at the time of birth. Neither mother nor baby is harmed during the collection process. The powerful growth factors and properties found within this tissue are at their most potent state. Using them as an injection for shoulder pain works wonders at repairing a painful shoulder, no matter if it’s due to a car accident, overuse, bursitis, or some other condition or injury.
Both regenerative treatments get to the source of the condition or injury to heal the root cause rather than cover up the symptoms, and both treatments have little to no risk of rejection or complications.
Chiropractic Care for Shoulder Pain Relief
Another effective alternative method of treatment is chiropractic care. Through simple manual adjustments, a chiropractor can relieve severe shoulder pain, and bring the body back into alignment. Chiropractic adjustments are an effective treatment option to restore mobility to the shoulder and help you avoid surgery. In many cases, a quick hands-on manipulation could be all a patient needs to get them out of pain and reposition their shoulder, benefiting not only the shoulder area but realigning the body as a whole.
All three of these alternative treatment options, regenerative tissue therapy, PRP therapy, and chiropractic care, are effective solutions for treating shoulder pain at the source and require no downtime post-treatment, unlike surgical procedures.
Regenerative medicine and chiropractic care are effective solutions for all types of shoulder pain, including:
- Rotator cuff injury
- Frozen shoulder
- Degeneration due to aging
- Dislocated shoulder
- And more
If you or a loved one have been dealing with chronic shoulder pain and you are looking for an alternative solution to surgery, give our office a call today to schedule a free consultation (727) 866-4420.