If you suffer from shoulder injuries, rotator cuff tears, shoulder degeneration, arthritis, or bursitis then Keller Disc and Spine may be able to help with a non-surgical solution called Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy. Imagine being able to have complete range of motion that’s pain-free once again. Whether it’s from old age or an injury, stem cells have been helping people take control and enjoy their lives more by restoring natural healthy shoulder function and live without pain.
Stem cells are rapidly becoming one of the best long-term solutions for people suffering with shoulder pain. We invite you to learn more about our stem cell therapy practices for shoulder pain relief below. Please keep in mind that all of our stem cells were received ethically and without causing anyone harm. We are proud of the way we provide regenerative stem cell therapy to all of our patients here in Keller, TX.
The shoulder’s complexity and wide range of motion also make it vulnerable to various injuries and degenerative changes:
Rotator Cuff Injuries: These occur when the muscles or tendons supporting the shoulder joint are injured, leading to pain, especially with overhead activities.
Arthritis: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can affect the shoulder, leading to pain, stiffness, and swelling, often worsening with time.
Tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendons, often due to overuse, can cause significant shoulder pain and movement restrictions.
Overuse: Repetitive motion, common in certain sports or occupations, can lead to overuse injuries, causing pain and inflammation.
Age-Related Degeneration: As people age, wear and tear of the shoulder joint and its components can result in chronic pain and reduced joint function.
Several conventional treatments are commonly utilized to address shoulder pain, each with varying degrees of effectiveness:
Anti-Inflammatory Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often the first line of treatment to reduce pain and swelling.
Corticosteroid Injections: For more severe inflammation, corticosteroid injections can provide temporary relief.
Physical Therapy: Tailored exercises and therapies help strengthen shoulder muscles, improve flexibility, and can alleviate pain.
Surgery: In cases where conservative treatments fail, or in severe injuries (like significant rotator cuff tears), surgical intervention may be required. Options range from minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures to more extensive surgeries like shoulder replacement.
Despite the availability of these treatments, several challenges and limitations exist:
Effectiveness in Pain Management: Medications and injections often provide only temporary relief, failing to address the underlying cause of pain.
Potential for Recurring Pain: Even after treatment, including physical therapy, there is a risk of recurring pain or injury, especially if the root cause is not effectively managed.
Surgical Risks and Recovery: Shoulder surgeries, while potentially beneficial, come with risks such as infection, complications from anesthesia, and the need for extensive rehabilitation. The recovery period can be lengthy, impacting a person's ability to return to daily activities and work.
These limitations prompt patients and healthcare providers to look for more advanced and lasting solutions, such as stem cell therapy, which offers a cutting-edge, minimally invasive approach focusing on healing the underlying conditions rather than just managing symptoms.
Stem cell therapy for shoulder pain relief presents several potential benefits, especially when considering the limitations and risks associated with traditional treatments such as surgery or long-term medication use. The key advantages of using stem cell therapy for addressing shoulder pain include:
Regenerative Potential: Stem cells have the unique ability to develop into many different cell types, and when injected into the shoulder, they can potentially regenerate damaged tissues, such as tendons, ligaments, cartilage, or muscles. This regeneration can address the underlying causes of shoulder pain rather than merely managing the symptoms.
Reduced Inflammation and Pain: Stem cells can modulate the immune system and reduce inflammation, which is often a significant factor in joint pain and discomfort. By reducing inflammation, stem cell therapy can decrease pain and improve joint function.
Minimally Invasive Procedure: Unlike shoulder surgeries, stem cell therapy is usually a minimally invasive treatment, typically involving injections directly into the affected area. This minimally invasive nature leads to a lower risk of complications, a shorter recovery period, and is generally easier for the patient compared to surgical options.
Faster Recovery: Patients generally experience a quicker recovery period after stem cell therapy compared to traditional shoulder surgery. This quicker recovery can enable patients to return to their normal activities, including work and exercise, more rapidly.
Decreased Risk of Complications: Traditional shoulder surgeries, especially more invasive types, can carry risks such as infections, bleeding, and complications from anesthesia. Stem cell therapy, being less invasive, typically has a lower risk of such complications.
Alternative to Surgery: For some patients, especially those for whom surgery is not recommended due to health issues, age, or other factors, stem cell therapy offers an alternative treatment pathway.
Potential to Delay or Avoid Surgery: In some cases, stem cell therapy might provide sufficient relief and tissue healing, potentially delaying or even avoiding the need for more invasive procedures like shoulder replacement surgery.
Improvement in Joint Function and Mobility: By promoting the healing of damaged tissues, stem cell therapy can lead to improved joint function, range of motion, and overall mobility, enhancing the quality of life for patients with shoulder issues.
While the benefits of stem cell therapy for shoulder pain are promising, it's important to note that this is a relatively new treatment, and more research is needed to fully understand its long-term effectiveness and outcomes. Patients considering stem cell therapy should consult with medical professionals specializing in this field to get a comprehensive understanding of the potential risks and benefits based on their specific condition.
Stem cell therapy is generally considered safe but, like any medical procedure, it does carry some risks and potential side effects. The safety of the treatment largely depends on the specific type of stem cells used, how they are harvested and administered, and the individual's overall health condition.
One of the primary safety concerns with stem cell therapy relates to the extraction and reintroduction of cells. When autologous stem cells (those derived from the patient's body) are used, the risk of immune rejection is minimal. However, the procedure of extracting and injecting these cells can sometimes lead to infection, bleeding, or nerve damage, although such occurrences are relatively rare.
When allogeneic stem cells (sourced from a donor) are used, there is a higher risk of immune rejection and other complications like graft-versus-host disease, although these instances are also uncommon with current medical protocols.
Common side effects of stem cell injections can include temporary swelling, pain at the injection site, and stiffness. Rarely, more serious complications like blood clots or allergic reactions might occur. The severity and duration of side effects typically depend on the individual’s unique response to the treatment.
It's important to conduct stem cell therapies in a controlled, sterile environment under the supervision of experienced medical professionals. Patients should discuss their medical history, allergies, and any other health concerns with their doctor to assess their specific risk profile. Moreover, choosing a reputable, board-certified practitioner who specializes in regenerative medicine can further mitigate risks.
Continued research and clinical trials are crucial for advancing our understanding of stem cell therapy, enhancing its safety and efficacy for various conditions, including shoulder pain. Always consult with healthcare providers to weigh the benefits against potential risks based on personal health conditions and treatment goals.
Stem cell therapy's effectiveness in treating shoulder pain varies, depending on the individual's condition and the severity of the injury or degeneration. Generally, patients have reported significant pain relief and improved functionality of the shoulder after undergoing stem cell treatments. These therapies are particularly promising for conditions like rotator cuff injuries, arthritis, and tendonitis, where they help in regenerating damaged tissue and reducing inflammation.
Success rates can be influenced by various factors, including the patient's overall health, age, and the specific nature of their shoulder issue. Some patients experience noticeable improvement in pain and mobility within a few weeks, while others may see gradual improvement over months. The regenerative process is typically slower compared to more immediate treatments like corticosteroid injections but offers the potential for longer-lasting relief and healing.
Clinical studies and patient reports suggest that a significant percentage of those receiving stem cell therapy for shoulder pain experience a reduction in pain and enhanced joint function. However, it's important to have realistic expectations and understand that stem cell therapy may not be a cure-all. Each case is unique, and outcomes can vary. Patients should consult with their healthcare provider to get a personalized assessment and discuss the likelihood of success in their specific scenario.
Pharmaceutical companies DO NOT want people getting better without medications because there is no profit in natural healing. I’m not saying drugs are bad, but if you could eliminate some without adding risk, then I believe this is something you must consider. The reason why they haven’t invested heavily in stem cell therapy is because you cannot “patent” a naturally occurring substance that isn’t reproducible. What does that mean? Well, with a drug, it is a synthetic product that does not occur in nature, and using a chemical process the pharmaceutical companies can replicate the exact medicine over and over again with each pill identical to the next.
If you hold a patent on something for 15 years or so, you could potentially make billions of dollars per year over that time period across many patients. These companies advertise more than Coca cola because they have so much excess cash that they can afford an immense advertising budget. The kicker is that THEY don’t want you to EVER STOP TAKING THE MEDICATIONS. This is why they aren’t interested in YOU treating the cause of your pain, which is typically degeneration to the joint, tendon, muscle or nerve using stem cells. Stem cells can grow cartilage, bone, ligament, tendons and nerves so you can repair the damage that is already done to your body.
Well it depends on each condition and how advanced the injury or degeneration is, but typically most pain problems will have a 80-90% chance of success. What constitutes success? Less pain, more mobility, and the ability to do normal activities of life with no pain. Many of our patients state they would be happy with just 50% reduction in their pain. Most have 90% to 100% permanent relief.
There have been well over 500,000 documented cases without adverse reactions or tissue rejection. This speaks volumes about the safety of these procedures. Think about hip or knee replacements for a second; most people won’t give it a second thought before they schedule their surgery not realizing the risks of blood clots, complications from anesthesia, and the high probability of having to redo the surgery.
The safety record for hip and knee replacements typically will have 80 out of 100 that are a success. That means 20 out of 100 fail, and if you did 4000 procedures, 800 of them not be successful. Common sense dictates that we should seek out the safest and most conservative form of treatment.
Not everyone needs to see a chiropractor for an adjustment. Sometimes, stem cells and regenerative medicine are the better option. If you're wondering if you're a good candidate for stem cell therapy or injections, then schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Gray.
Our goal at Keller Disc and Spine is to relieve pain caused by spine and nerve damage through regenerative stem cell therapy and effective chiropractic treatment. We are an integrated medical corporation dedicated to providing regenerative medical services and chiropractic cares.