How Can You Avoid Shoulder Surgery?

  November 6th 2019    
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The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the human body and is put under constant motion and stress every day. Because of this, many people experience shoulder osteoarthritis during their lives which causes them to suffer from chronic joint pain, inflammation and swelling. Over time, a person’s bones may rub against each other while the shoulder is in motion from total loss of cartilage.
It is no surprise that so many individuals find themselves being faced with the possibility of having to undergo shoulder surgery. However, there are many alternatives to shoulder surgery, thereby avoiding the many risks associated with it. Shoulder surgery includes risks such as: loss of range-of-motion, infection, nerve damage and more. Here are a few alternatives to shoulder surgery that you may want to consider.
Conservative measures, such as rest, ice, modified activities, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), pain medications and physical therapy, are often the first alternatives to shoulder surgery treatment option prescribed by doctors.

Ice and Heat Combined with Rest

For less severe shoulder issues, something as simple as resting the joints and using ice compresses can do the trick. Initially, you want to apply ice pack for up to 20 minutes at a time, giving at least 20 minutes break in-between. Try this for about 48 hours while restricting the use of the shoulders as much as you can during that time. After the ice pack has been used as a treatment option, then switch to heat compresses to promote blood flow to the area, using the same approach as with the ice treatment.

Stem cell therapy as an alternative treatment of shoulder surgery

Stem cell therapy for the shoulder as a management option for shoulder osteoarthritis is a fairly simple alternative to shoulder surgery. It requires a sample of bone marrow to be harvested from the person’s own body, commonly from the hip area. Once the bone marrow has been harvested, the sample is spun in a special machine called a centrifuge to separate a combination of adult stem cells, platelets and white blood cells. The combination of healing agents is then injected into the damaged shoulder joint to regenerate articular cartilage and accelerate healing.

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy as shoulder treatment option

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, or PRP, is a treatment option which works as alternative to shoulder surgery for non-healing muscle and tendon injuries such as those that cause shoulder pain in persons with SCI. Using one’s own blood, cells within the blood called “platelets” are concentrated and then re-injected into the muscle and tendon of the shoulder where it starts healing or repairing injured tissues.
The Chicago Stem Cell Therapy Center is offering patients a diversity of treatments and services for facilitate fighting the symptoms of aging, increasing the longevity, and optimize quality of life through revolutionary regenerative medicine, and other advanced treatments. For further details call us on 815-412-6174

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