Healing Shoulder Pain & Injuries without Surgery

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or Bone Marrow Stem Cells May Be The Answer

By Dr. Sebastian Klisiewicz, D.O.

The shoulder is a complex joint with many moving parts. It has more mobility than any other joint in the body, and because of this it is vulnerable to injuries and chronic pain. Conditions such as tendonitis, rotator cuff tears and arthritis are common in the shoulder, often leading to pain, weakness and a limitation of function. Unfortunately, many people just bare the pain without seeking medical care. Often they are scared that surgery or medications are their only options. But there is another option, latest research has shown that Regenerative Medicine can heal the shoulder and stop the pain.

The “Old” Standard Treatment for Shoulder Pain

Traditional treatment for most shoulder conditions typically involves physical therapy, steroid injections or surgery. Physical therapy is a great first line treatment, but often it is inadequate by itself to treat many shoulder conditions. Steroid injections are frequently offered as the next step. Unfortunately, these only mask the pain and come with an array of unwanted side effects. Steroid injections can actually weaken the tendons and ligaments and increase the progression of tendon tears and arthritis.  Surgeries such as a rotator cuff repair or a joint replacement are often offered as “the only option left”. These are serious medical procedures with long recovery times and potentially serious complications. Luckily for shoulder pain sufferers, there is a new non-surgical option that is natural, safe and effective.

The New Frontier of Non-Surgical Shoulder Care

The shoulder, like all other tissues in our body, can heal naturally without surgery. It can do so with the right stimulus and a proper healing environment. Regenerative Medicine injections with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or Bone Marrow Stem Cells are that stimulus that can start the healing process. When Regenerative injections are combined with physical therapy and proper nutrition, the torn tendons, ligaments and cartilage can actually heal. This can resolve pain and restore normal function, without surgery or other toxic medications! 

PRP or Stem Cells can be thought of as a gift from your own body as they stimulate the body’s natural immune system to help you heal. PRP is a solution of concentrated platelets made by spinning your own blood in a centrifuge. The platelets are packed with growth factors that kick start the healing response. Stem cells are the “master orchestrators” of regeneration. They sense the environment and release growth molecules that stimulate tissue healing and decrease inflammation. The best and most studied stem cells for orthopedic conditions are safely obtained from the bone marrow of the pelvis. Unlike other “stem cell like” products, these are real living cells that come from your own body.

The choice of using PRP or Bone Marrow Stem Cells is based on the severity of the injury and other  physiologic factors. These products are carefully injected into the injured area under ultrasound guidance. Once injected, they stimulate regeneration of tendons, ligaments and joint cartilage. This increases joint stability, decreases pain and improves overall function. Regenerative Medicine injections with PRP or Stem Cells don’t just mask the symptoms, they heal the shoulder and provide long term results.

An Integrated Team Approach Provides Best Results

The most effective way to treat shoulder pain and injuries is to combine Regenerative Medicine injections with specialized physical therapy and proper nutrition. The injections stimulate the healing, but specific therapeutic exercises and manual therapy support the healing process. A well-balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and high-quality proteins can also support tissue regeneration and decrease unwanted inflammation. Sometimes specific nutritional supplement may also be needed to prepare the body for the healing journey.

At Integrative Rehab Medicine, we specialize in non-surgical ways to heal the body. Our medical and therapy staff are highly trained in the most advanced Regenerative techniques to help you heal, eliminate pain and restore function. We are leading experts in the use of PRP and Bone Marrow Stem Cells in Southwest Florida. If you are tired of pain stopping you from living the life you want to live, schedule your consultation today and find out if PRP or Stem Cells can help you get your life back.