Stem Cell Treatment For Rotator Cuff Injuries
The arm is kept attached to the shoulder by the rotator cuff. It is a network of muscles that come together to form tendons and cover the head of the humerus bone. Close to 2 million people each year see their doctors about a problem with their rotator cuff.
A torn rotator cuff weakens the shoulder, which means simple daily activities like even just combing your hair can cause pain in the shoulder. There are two types of rotator cuff tears: a partial tear and full-thickness tear. They occur when people repeatedly perform the same shoulder motions and the tendons begin to fray leading eventually to a tear away from the humerus bone.
In a partial tear, the tear damaged the soft tissue but in a full thickness tear or a complete tear, the soft tissue splits into two pieces. Here, there is more or less a hole in the tendon. Depending on the severity of the tear, conservative treatment includes rest, medication, and physical therapy. In the most extreme cases, shoulder replacement surgery is recommended.
Dr. Benjamin Bieber intervenes when conservative treatment does not work but the patient still hopes to avoid surgery. Dr. Bieber has made a career out of helping patients with safe and effective alternatives to risky and invasive surgeries like shoulder replacement surgery.
In order to heal the shoulder non-surgically, Dr. Bieber applies a stem cell treatment. Stem Cells are derived from the patients fat tissue and bone marrow and then injected into the shoulder to accelerate recovery of the damaged rotator cuff.
Creation Of Healthy Tendon Tissue
Stem Cells physically transform into healthy tendon tissue replacing damaged tissue and often, provide enough healing to the shoulder to allow it to heal on its own with physical therapy.
There are a few reasons to receive stem cell treatment. Firstly, it is possible to avoid surgery altogether and completely heal a rotator cuff tear with stem cell treatment. Dr. Bieber has helped many of his rotator cuff patients accomplish this goal. Secondly, rotator cuff stem cell treatment is a way to better the shoulder before surgery.
If a rotator cuff tear is severe enough or if the patients has multiple problems with their shoulder, a surgeon can end up providing a much more in depth shoulder surgery that leaves the patients with a life-long shoulder disability. Getting a stem cell treatment before surgery may repair the shoulder enough to minimize the long-term resulting symptoms of surgery and even permit the implementation of a less invasive shoulder surgery.
Dr. Bieber recommends trying stem cell treatment in order to either avoid surgery altogether or increasingly heal your shoulder to minimize the invasiveness and long-term potential complications of shoulder surgery.
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By Benjamin Bieber