Stem Cell Therapy
Soft tissue injuries including ligament and tendons represent up to 45% of all musculoskeletal injuries and affect both young and old. Sports and overuse injuries may require surgery and lengthy recovery. Chronic and degenerative musculoskeletal conditions are difficult to treat effectively, and treatment and recovery can compromise quality of life for long periods.
The most common causes of shoulder pain are:
- Rotator cuff tears – tendon tears can be caused by injury or degeneration due to age, long-term overuse, and wear and tear.
- Impingement – when the shoulder blade pinches or rubs against the soft tissues causing pain and limiting movement
- Rotator cuff tendinitis – inflammation of the tendon caused by overhead activities common with sports and work
Generally, shoulder injuries tend to heal slowly and often require lengthy rehabilitation to achieve pain-free function Conservative management of shoulder pain involves the use of over-the-counter pain medicine, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections and physical therapy. When this fails, surgery is the last option. But even surgery may not provide effective repair due to scarring, a poor blood supply and the low quality of tendon healing
Stem cell therapy provides accelerated healing and lasting pain relief. It is an important option for repair soft tissue damage in the shoulder. In many cases it can permanently eliminate pain and disability. Stem cell therapy can reduce the need for extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation, usually required after surgery or an injury.
Rotator cuff pain and injuries
The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the body. The rotator cuff is designed to allow for a wide range of shoulder motion and provide joint stability. The cuff is made of four tendons that connect muscle to bone. The tendons keep the shoulder in its socket.
While surgical rotator cuff repair provides good pain relief and decent functional recovery, the quality and speed of tendon to bone healing is unpredictable. In addition, the mechanical properties of repaired tendons are inferior to uninjured tendons, which creates a risk of re-injury and tears.
Stem cell therapy is safe and effective to treat a damaged rotator cuff, including tears and tendinitis. Stem cell therapy can help prevent the onset of arthritis and help patients avoid joint replacement surgery. Stem cell therapy can also prevent or stop post- traumatic arthritis.
Stem cell therapy offers the opportunity to heal worn out tissues and damage naturally, restore health and improve quality of life. In some cases, stem cell therapy can be an alternative to surgery and its attendant risks.
What are stem cells?
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the unique ability for self-renewal, and have the potential to differentiate into bone, cartilage, ligament and tendon tissues which the body uses to maintain, repair and rebuild tissue. MSCs can be obtained from bone, tendon, skin, adipose tissue, umbilical cord blood and amniotic fluid.
Studies have focused on the ability of stem cells to promote fracture healing, regenerate articular cartilage in degenerated joints, heal ligaments and tendon injuries, and more.
Stem cells are used in lieu of surgery, to enhance nonsurgical treatments and to augment healing as part of the surgical procedure. The use of stem cells to regenerate tissues is called regenerative medicine.
How do stem cells work?
MSCs work by replacing impaired and failing cells with healthy cells to heal and maintain damaged tissues. They naturally release anti-inflammatory chemicals that decrease inflammation and pain. MSCs create new blood cells to improve healing, especially in tissues with a poor blood supply including cartilage, tendons and ligaments. The result is tissue regeneration, pain relief, and improved function.
What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is the procedure that harnesses the regenerative capacity of naturally occurring stem cells and targets them to specific areas for renewal. We can treat a diverse range of injuries and conditions with stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy is regenerative joint preservation and is a vital and viable option to eliminate pain and restore function, safely and with low risk.
The benefits of stem cell therapy
Stem cell therapy provides accelerated healing and pain relief that can last years, and in some cases, can permanently eliminate pain and disability. The goal is to reduce pain, improve function and eliminate the need for surgery. Stem cell therapy can reduce the need for extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation, usually needed after surgery or an injury.
Stem cell therapy can help prevent the onset of arthritis and help patients avoid joint replacement surgery. It is the only therapy that can halt the progression of osteoarthritis.
Am I a good candidate?
If you suffer with joint, tendon, or ligament pain or joint arthritis, and desire to improve your quality of life, and avoid invasive surgery and potential complications, stem cell therapy may be for you. Not everyone is a candidate for stem cell therapy. The only way to know if you are a good candidate, schedule a consultation.
At Physicians Rehabilitation, every patient receives a customized treatment plan based on their needs and is designed to produce superior results. The health-restoring benefits improve quality of life and in some cases, patients can avoid surgical treatment and lengthy recovery. For your convenience, we have offices in Fort Myers, Lady Lake, Naples, Port Charlotte and Sun City Center Florida. Contact us to learn about how stem cell therapy can restore your health and quality of life.
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