What is a rotator cuff injury?
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that help stabilize the shoulder joint. A rotator cuff injury is damage to any of those muscles or tendons, usually resulting from repetitive stress on the rotator cuff or degeneration from aging. There are more than 3 million cases in the United States every year.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of a rotator cuff injury include shoulder pain, weakness, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Commonly the shoulder pain is dull and worsens at night.
What are typical treatments for this injury?
If the injury is not severe, your doctor might recommend rest, ice or heat on the shoulder, medication, or anti-inflammatory drugs. If the injury is more severe, your doctor might recommend physical therapy or even surgery.
Rotator cuff surgery involves a surgeon reattaching the tendons to the bone with suture anchors that are made out of metal or a material that dissolves over time. Sutures are attached to the anchors which reattach the tendon and bone.
How can stem cell therapy help?
Stem cell therapy for a rotator cuff injury involves the extraction of adult stem cells from a high-volume source, the concentration of the adult stem cells, and the injection of those cells into the injured area.
Though stem cell therapy for a rotator cuff injury is limited, there have been promising results for studies that utilize stem cell therapy to reattach tendons to bones. Especially if the tear is due to muscle degeneration, stem cell therapy is much more beneficial because the body needs more assistance repairing itself. This will speed recovery and increase the likelihood of a full recovery.
If you have suffered from a rotator cuff injury, please contact us as you may be a great candidate to receive stem cell therapy. If you are interested in learning more, contact Cedar Stem Cell Institute today!