Prp Injections As An Alternative Treatment For Rotator Cuff Tear

  December 19th 2019    
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The rotator cuff works to stabilizes and moves the bone of the upper arm within the shoulder joint. It is composed of four muscles that originate at the shoulder blade, all connecting to the head of the humerus. These muscles are responsible for every movement of the shoulder and upper arm.
Common rotator cuff injuries include rotator cuff tears and tendinitis. Rotator cuff tears have previously required invasive, surgical techniques for repair. Without surgery, patients were forced to live with pain, weakness and with significantly reduced mobility.
Today, regenerative medicine treatments offer an exceptional alternative. Minimally invasive platelet-rich plasma treatment for rotator cuff tear which may provide pain relief and restore strength while helping many patients avoids the risks and recovery associated with shoulder surgery.

About PRP treatment

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a kind of orthobiologic treatment. Orthobiologics are those substances that occur naturally in the human body. When extracted, concentrated and then injected back into the body, these substances activate the body’s own healing mechanisms.

How Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Used to Treat Rotator Cuff tear?

After diagnosing a rotator cuff injury, the orthopedic surgeon may recommend using PRP treatment for rotator cuff tear to facilitate the body’s healing mechanisms.
According to research, PRP has been shown to be highly effective for treating rotator cuff tears, without the risks and expense of surgery. Additionally, PRP injections are performed in the doctor’s office, so there is no hospital stays neither lengthy surgical recovery require.
The doctor administers the PRP injections using ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance, to ensure that the plasma is deposited in the exact location of the rotator cuff tear. The patient may experience an increase in pain immediately after treatment. However, significant improvement generally occurs in the subsequent weeks.
A recent study compared PRP treatment for rotator cuff tear to corticosteroid injections. Results showed that, after three months of the treatment, the PRP patients had a significant reduction in pain and also improvement in range of motion. Patients treated with PRP had better active forward flexion, abduction, and internal rotation than patients treated with corticosteroid injections.
Perhaps most impressive, only about 3 percent of the PRP patients in this study sought surgery for their rotator cuff injury after one year, whereas almost half of the corticosteroid group required surgery. In other words, patients in this study who were treated with PRP treatment for rotator cuff tear were 16 times less likely to need surgery.
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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