Natural Healing for Your Rotator Cuff Injury with Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Living with shoulder pain derived from a rotator cuff injury can make simple, everyday activities extremely difficult and uncomfortable. Oftentimes, just attempting to sleep on the injured side or driving your car can become an overwhelming task.
Many people suffer from this injury due to job-related tasks. Painters or carpenters are often required to repeatedly perform overhead motions that often result in this uncomfortable injury. However, tearing your rotator cuff can also be the result of a weekend spent playing tennis or baseball with friends. Traditional treatment options for shoulder injuries involved medication for inflammation, cortisone injections and physical therapy. When these options didn’t provide the desired results, surgery was the only option.
Up until now, undergoing shoulder surgery has also proven to be problematic due to a high risk of re-tearing due to the many ways this injury can occur. However, vast improvements are taking place in rotator cuff repair thanks to Dr. Steven Meier’s groundbreaking work with Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy.
What is a Mesenchymal Stem Cell?
Mesenchymal Stem Cells, or MSCs, are multi-potent stromal cells that have the unique ability to differentiate into a variety of cell types, including:
- Osteoblasts (bone cells)
- Myocytes (muscle cells)
- Adipocytes (fat cells)
- Chondrocytes (cartilage cells)
MSCs are capable of renewing themselves for long periods of time through cell division. This self-renewal capacity means that the issue of reigniting an old injury is significantly reduced. In one recent study healing and re-tear rates were measured in 45 patients who underwent MSC therapy. According to the findings, 100% of the patients healed completely within six months. Compare this statistic with the 67% of patients that did not choose to undergo MSC therapy and the choice is obvious. Even the best surgical repair techniques available are not able to provide this type of unparalleled result.
How Does Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cells are extracted directly from the patient’s own bone marrow through a process used to isolate stem cells and platelets. These cells are injected directly into the rotator cuff where they work with the body’s natural healing process in repairing the tear. Follow up for this procedure is as easy as the procedure itself. Protocol at MOSM typically involves a follow up injection of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) approximately 1 month later. Much like stem cells, platelets are drawn from the patient’s blood. After a standard blood draw is performed, the plasma that is rich in platelets is extracted and injected, which then gives the stem cells an extra boost, increasing recovery time. Additional PRP treatments may be required to produce the necessary results.
If you’re tired of experiencing discomfort and pain from a rotator cuff injury it might be time to seek help from an orthopedic specialist. Let Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine heal your shoulder injury both naturally and effectively, so that you can get back to living a healthy lifestyle. Call us today or contact us online to schedule an appointment!