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Stem Cell Therapy for Rotator Cuff Tears and Shoulder Injuries

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Facet Joints, Stem Cells for Shoulder

Regenerative medicine, specifically stem cell therapy, is changing the way shoulder injuries are managed. Stem cell therapy for shoulder pain, is quickly minimizing the need for invasive shoulder surgery.

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The shoulder joint is one of the most powerful joints in the body and is integral to both work and sport. This joint is essential for almost every facet of life, from brushing one’s teeth and hair to drinking a soda and driving a car.

Common Shoulder Injuries As The Result Of Sports Activity

Shoulder injuries are some of the most common sports-related injuries. Proper shoulder function is essential in almost every sport, and imperative in sports such as tennis, golf, basketball and football. In 2006, 7.5 million doctors visits were due to shoulder problems and of those, 4 million were due to rotator cuff issues.

Minimally invasive options to treat these injuries, such as stem cell therapy, allow patients to quickly recover and return to activity with as little downtime as possible. Many different types of shoulder injuries can be sustained during sports trauma. Dislocations, fractures, contusions and rotator cuff damage account for the majority of the typical shoulder sport injuries.

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What Happens in a Rotator Cuff Tear & Other Shoulder Injuries

The rotator cuff is comprised of a group of muscles and tendons that connect the upper arm bone to the shoulder blade. This group of tendons and muscles holds the upper arm bone firmly into the shoulder socket. This combination of muscles, tendons and bones creates the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. The typical rotator cuff injury presents with pain, stiffness, weakness and loss of range of motion to the shoulder.

Stem Cell Treatment For Torn Rotator Cuff Procedure

Stem cell injections for rotator cuff tears can be an option depending on the severity of the damage to the tendons of the rotator cuff, a determination can be made as to the best mode of treatment. Complete tears typically require surgical repair. Partial tears to the rotator cuff are often excellent candidates for stem cell treatment to the shoulder. Accurate diagnosis of a shoulder injury is imperative to deciding on a treatment plan, and often requires MRI examination to identify the specifics of a rotator cuff injury.

Stem Cell Therapy as an Alternative to Rotator Cuff & Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Stem cell therapy may offer an excellent alternative for patients looking to avoid shoulder joint replacement surgery, as well as many other surgical treatments for shoulder pain. By opting for stem cell therapy, patients typically have a much quicker recovery, far less post-operative pain, speedy return to work, and a decreased need for physical therapy.

Shoulder Stem Cell Therapy Procedure

Stem cell therapy offers a minimally invasive option to the treatment of shoulder injuries and chronic wear and tear of the joint cartilage. Adult stem cells can be harvested from a patient’s adipose (fatty) tissue and bone marrow, separated, consolidated and prepared for injection into the damaged areas of the shoulder. The injections are carried out under image guidance to assure that the cells are placed accurately in the specific areas of damage.

Joints are injected under live x-ray guidance, while tendons are typically injected with the assistance of ultrasound. Stem cell therapy offers a potentially powerful treatment for partial tendon and muscle tears, as well as cartilage damage sustained from both acute injury and chronic degeneration. The procedure is done in an outpatient setting, takes approximately 3 hours to perform, and does not require a general anesthetic.

Recovery After a Shoulder Stem Cell Procedure

Recovery time following a stem cell procedure for shoulder pain is dramatically shorter than most surgical recoveries. Most patients can return to work and normal daily activity within 1-2 days after their procedure. Most patients don’t require post-operative physical therapy. The proper time to return to sports activities depends on the severity and specific injury treated, but typically takes 4-12 weeks. Stem cell therapy can be an excellent alternative to shoulder replacement surgery for many shoulder injuries.

*Individual patient results may vary. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy may be able to help you.

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If you believe you, or someone you care about, could be a candidate for stem cell therapy to treat a shoulder injury, please contact us today.

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John Beeman
John Beeman
23:05 08 Jan 17
I just wanted to give an update regarding the stem cell procedure performed by Dr. Brandt at Thrive about 3 years ago. My range of motion continues to improve--remarkable at 64.I skied 150k in 5 days last week and never iced my knee once. I can't remember skiing that many feet w/out having to ice in the last 20 years. The knee treated has been without an acl since I was 18 and is pretty severely arthritic,but I am getting better performance now than I have in recent memory. Thank you, Dr. Brandt!!
Laurel Wilkerson
Laurel Wilkerson
21:22 08 Aug 16
Great job by the Thrive MD team in Edwards. With a torn achilles tendon, I was really opposed to surgery. When I discovered Dr. Brandt and team, I was thrilled. They are most professional and explained every step of the process and procedure for treatment options. I am on the road to recovery, and I am so thankful to have discovered Thrive. Before you let an orthopedic doc operate, take the time to explore and discuss stem cell therapy. Thrive MD made the process easy and convenient. Thanks! One year later update - ankle is doing great. Skied 52 days in 2015-16. Hiking, biking and all are no problem. Great team of caring people who know their business.
Lisa Harris
Lisa Harris
15:59 02 Jan 17
After struggling with an Achilles injury for 1 1/2 years and trying everything to heal it - steroid, physical therapy, wearing a boot, no activity, stretching, etc - I decided to have stem cell therapy at Thrive.md. It was a short procedure and an afternoon of post op recovery, which after 6-8 weeks, resulted in a full recovery from my injury. This seemed to finally stimulate blood flow and healing to an injury I had resigned myself to having forever. I highly recommend this procedure for tendon injuries like this one.
John Reilly
John Reilly
13:44 04 Nov 16
I saw Dr Brandt on 8/8/16 for a lower back stem cell injection. From the injection, I got a serious infection in my lower spine. As a result, I spent 2 days in the Vail hospital and have been on daily IV antibiotics for the past 8 weeks. A few weeks after the injection, I started feeling increased pain which was a different pain than before my injection. It was much sharper and a shooting pain. I communicated this information to Dr Brandt and his staff. There only response and treatment was stronger pain meds. oral and injected steroids (the worst thing to do when an infection is present). The pain became so intense and debilitating, I finally made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Their team quickly discovered from listening to my symptoms and reviewing a new MRI that I had an infection. I also discovered from a search on DORA that over the past 13 years Dr Brandt's has a history of incidents with the DORA which regulates medical professionals. Over this time, his license was suspended for a period of time and is he currently practicing on probation through 2019. At one point, the AG said he was unfit to practice medicine.
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
03:55 14 Nov 16
I am a pain management physician myself. I am 52, and physically very active. I still play soccer competitively. Six months ago I suffered a hip injury with a labrum tear. Due to the pre-existing wear and tear, the only conventional treatment, which was offered to me was total hip replacement. I wanted to remain physically active and continue to play sports, so I decided that this is not the best option for me. I choose instead to try stem-cell therapy. Ten days ago I had my procedure done by Dr. Brandt, and since then I have nothing but positive things to say about him and his practice. Everyone in his office was extremely welcoming and put me at ease and comfort about my procedure. The procedure went very smooth. And I did not have ANY post procedure pain or discomfort. I had no need for any pain medication. I was back to work seeing patients on the 2nd day after the procedure. My hip already feels noticeably better. I have the second procedure scheduled in four weeks, and I am confident that in another 3-4 weeks I'll be back playing soccer again. Thank you, Dr. Brandt and team for taking such excellent care of me.
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