Regenerative orthobiologics for shoulder pain relief are now being offered in Gilbert, AZ and the surrounding communities of Chandler, Queen Creek, San Tan and Mesa by the highly rated physicians at Atlas Health Medical Group.
Overview of Shoulder Anatomy
The rotator cuff refers to a group of muscles and tendons that surround and provide structure to the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint. The joint itself is composed of the humerus and the scapula, that is protected internally by the labrum. The main muscles involved in the rotator cuff are the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. The ligaments that stabilize the shoulder joint are the glenohumeral, coracoacromial, coracoclavicular, and transverse humeral. These structures work harmoniously together allowing the shoulder to adduct, abduct, flex, extend and rotate internally and externally. Due to the complexity of this joint, an injury to any structure can illicit pain and put more sprain on the surrounding structures as they are forced to compensate. Typically, people who are repeatedly completing overhead motions develop rotator cuff injuries. This includes athletes in football, baseball, tennis and more commonly in trade workers involved in painting, carpentry or construction as they tend to use their shoulders heavily while working.
Common Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Partial tendon tears
- Labral tears
Signs of Rotator Cuff Injury
- Dull aching pain in shoulder
- Decreased range of motion
- Muscle weakness
- Poor sleep
The cause of most rotator cuff injuries is from chronic overuse that accumulates over time. The injury can usually be diagnosed in office through comprehensive palpation and a orthopedic physical exam of the shoulder. For more severe injuries, MRI imaging provides the most detail and extent of the damage. Treatment options will be assessed depending on the severity. Simple rest and a small break from activity is often the starting treatment. If pain persists, steroid injections into the shoulder and physical therapy will be explored. Surgery is the last treatment, for the most severe injuries with chronic pain that are not responsive to other conventional therapies. The different surgical options are Arthroscopic tendon repair, open tendon repair, osteophyte removal, tendon transfer and shoulder replacement.
Regenerative Orthobiologics for Shoulder Pain Overview
At Atlas Health Medical Groups Gilbert, AZ clinic regenerative injections of high dose platelet rich plasma (PRP) with matrix and are used to treat rotator cuff injuries with the aim of healing the damaged tissue and restoring full function back to the joint. The treatment involves taking a sample of the patient’s own blood and then extracting the platelets from the other components of the blood. Once the platelets are extracted and super concentrated, they can be used for treatment. Additionally, there is a downstream stimulation of stem cell recruitment via cell signaling through certain growth factor present in platelets. The PRP slowly releases growth factors and aids in connective tissue healing. The cells then can be injected into the origins and insertions of the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis. The high dose PRP can be injected into the joint itself to treat the labrum and provide more lubricant into the joint. The supporting shoulder ligaments are also treated with PRP and they include all of the glenohumeral, coracoid and transverse ligaments.
Shoulder Pain Relief Benefits:
- Pain Relief
- Improves Ligaments, Tendons, Cartilage, and Connective Tissue
- Utilizes your own Cells / Natural Growth Factors
- Minimal Downtime
- Non-Surgical / Non-Invasive
This comprehensive use of regenerative orthobiologics for Shoulder pain addresses the degeneration that may be present inside the joint, the torn labrum or tendons, and the weak or lax ligaments. By treating the entire joint and all of the surrounding structures, we are able to prevent further damage and heal the injury that is causing the pain. This type of treatment approach produces outcomes that may enable patients to avoid surgery or delay the need for surgery in many cases. Patients begin seeing improvements typically within the first 6 weeks with the best results observed 3-6 months post injection. These results provide attractive alternatives to conventional care with minimal expense and downtime. Patients often return to normal living activities and begin to re-engage in hobbies, athletics, and exercises that they enjoy with their friends and families.
For more information about Atlas Health Medical Group, Regenerative Injection Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Naturopathic / Integrative pain management, knee pain treatments, Dr. Dylan Krueger, NMD, or our Gilbert, AZ location, please contact us at: 480-648-1534.
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