The shoulder is a complex group of muscles, ligaments, cartilage and tendons designed to support, strengthen, and provide range of motion to the arm. With so many moving parts, this area of the body is especially susceptible to the types of injuries which we treat at CELLAXYS. These injuries can cause anything from minor discomfort to excruciating pain and at times may leave the sufferer unable to perform daily activities comfortably.
Chronic shoulder pain often develops overtime due to repetitive routines, though it is also quite common for it to emerge after a single traumatic incident. These two types of shoulder pain have similar treatment options, though the mechanics of their pain are very different.
Pain which emerges due to routines – such as those you might see in skilled workers or athletes – typically indicates the onset of shoulder arthritis or injury to the rotator cuff. As a person performs these demanding tasks, they slowly wear down the cartilage in their joints and the tendons of their shoulders. This cartilage provides a cushion which not only softens the everyday movements of the shoulders but also increases their range of motion. Healthy cartilage allows the joint to glide and move pain free but once this cartilage is gone, the body has minimal natural mechanisms to replenish its stores and movements can become painful and robotic. As the damage continues into deeper layers, shoulder bones begin to rub against one another causing pain which can eventually be diagnosed as shoulder arthritis.
The second major cause of shoulder pain stems from the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a tendon made up of four small muscles which move the shoulder. It is a relatively small tendon for the amount of work it must perform on a daily basis and is prone to impairment from repetitive use and/or from previous injuries. Adding to the likelihood of permanent impairment is the fact that the rotator cuff tendon has a very poor blood supply. Blood delivers nutrients, circulating stem cells and oxygen to injured tissues. If this tendon is damaged, it has very little innate ability to regenerate and heal itself. Injuries to the rotator cuff cause immense pain in the lateral shoulder and this pain is often referred to as the “sergeant’s patch.” Nighttime pain, pain with overhead motions and reaching behind the body are often the most common complaints of rotator cuff injuries.
While tendinitis and arthritis of the shoulder can destroy the flow of everyday life, there are effective treatments for both at the CELLAXYS offices. The cartilage loss due to arthritis can be replenished using several of the treatments we specialize in. One such treatment uses adipose or bone marrow derived stem cells which are injected directly into the shoulder under live x-ray. Overtime these cells can mature into fresh cartilage thereby reducing the pain caused by the bone on bone contact experienced by arthritic patients.
By injecting these same stem cells into specific areas of the shoulder (including the rotator cuff), our treatments significantly improve tendon healing by regulating inflammation and transplanting stem cells to differentiate into tendon cells. Several of our patients have testified to the remarkable healing effects of the treatments we offer. Additionally, as access to these cells increases, studies have begun to flood in from around the globe which support the claims made by these patients. Currently, in the US alone there are over 700 active clinical studies.
At CELLAXYS our number one goal is to increase the quality of life of our patients and we hope to meet this goal one treatment at a time. If you would like a consultation or are just seeking some more information about the types of treatments we offer, do not hesitate to contact our offices, we will be more than happy to provide answers to any of your questions.