Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain - Overview

Shoulders are the most movable human body joints. The wide motion range is provided by a group of 4 muscles and tendons known as the rotator cuff. However, you may experience shoulder pain if the bone around the rotator cuff changes, swells, or is damaged. Hence, you may feel pain in the shoulder when raising your arm above the head or moving it back or forward.

According to a study published in PubMed Central, pain in the shoulder is a disabling and common joint complaint. It showed that the incidence of pain in the shoulder in primary care annually is around 14.7/1000 patients with a 70 percent lifetime prevalence. Recovery in patients is slow than recurrence, while forty to fifty patients report persistent pain.

Pain in the shoulder may occur due to multiple reasons, diseases or conditions. However, the most common one is shoulder degeneration.

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Shoulder Degeneration

Shoulder degeneration is osteoarthritis of the shoulder. The risk of shoulder degeneration increases with age, especially in people above 50. However, young people are also at risk of this condition due to shoulder injuries such as bone fractures and dislocated shoulders.

There are two joints in the shoulder:

  • The Glenohumeral joint- where the humerus connects with the scapula or shoulder blade.
  • The Acromioclavicular joint- where the shoulder blade’s tip meets the clavicle or collarbone

However, shoulder degeneration is more common in the Acromioclavicular joint. As osteoarthritis of the shoulder develops, the protective cartilage located at the bones end beings to wear away. The function of the cartilage is to facilitate smooth shoulder movement and actions.

Therefore, without this protective lining of the cartilage, the joints start to rub, causing bone-to-bone friction, which is quite painful. Severe pain in the shoulder can limit or inhibit movements and lower the quality of your life. Furthermore, it can also develop bone spurs.  

These develop when the bone attempts to self-heal. However, if the cartilage wears away, it can’t repair or regrow itself. Hence, the bone spurs cause more friction, weakness, inflammation, and loss of shoulder functionality and motion.

Symptoms of shoulder degeneration may include:

  • Pain when engaging in shoulder movement
  • Pain after shoulder movement
  • Pain in the shoulder when sleeping
  • Limited arm motion
  • Clicking or crackling noise

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, book anappointment with us, as you could be dealing with shoulder degeneration. Our board-certified physician will evaluate your condition carefully and use multiple techniques for proper diagnosis. We will take your medical history.

Perform a physical examination to determine tenderness, motion loss, and severity of pain and look for symptoms in the surrounding tissues. This exam will help us determine if the muscle around the shoulder joint shows signs of weakness or atrophy due to lack of usage.

Based on the diagnosis, we’ll determine the best treatment plan for you to minimize pain so that you can enjoy quality living.Book an appointment with us Today.

Sports activities that require repeating overhead movements like lifting weights, swimming, throwing or pitching, and swinging of the arms put a lot of strain on the shoulder. Even regular, everyday activities can damage the shoulder such as gardening, hanging curtains, or even scrubbing the floors or walls. Often, injury to the shoulder is difficult to heal, and can easily become a recurring problem, even if the immediate pain has subsided. Once ligaments and tissues have been damaged, scar tissue and inflammation can continue to form and build. It is also common for the same injury to reappear, and flare up at later times.

Sports or other injury to the shoulder can now be treated with non-invasive, regenerative medicine procedures like Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy. This is a revolutionary treatment option that has helped many patients avoid prescription medications, steroid injections, and even surgery.

If you suffer with the Following Shoulder Conditions; learn more about how Regenerative Cell Therapy can help restore your health and help you live Pain-Free!

  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Shoulder Degeneration
  • Arthritis Bursitis

Sports activities that require repeating overhead movements like lifting weights, swimming, throwing or pitching, and swinging of the arms put a lot of strain on the shoulder. Even regular, everyday activities can damage the shoulder such as gardening, hanging curtains, or even scrubbing the floors or walls. Often, injury to the shoulder is difficult to heal, and can easily become a recurring problem, even if the immediate pain has subsided. Once ligaments and tissues have been damaged, scar tissue and inflammation can continue to form and build. It is also common for the same injury to reappear, and flare up at later times.

Sports or other injury to the shoulder can now be treated with non-invasive, regenerative medicine procedures like Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy. This is a revolutionary treatment option that has helped many patients avoid prescription medications, steroid injections, and even surgery.

Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint in which the ball of your upper arm bone fits into the socket of your shoulder blade. The rotator cuff is a network of four muscles that come together as tendons forming a covering around the head of the upper arm bone keeping the arm bone firmly attached to the socket of the shoulder blade (scapula).

The rotator tears usually develop gradually due to stress, overuse and natural wear and tear. People who repeatedly lift their arm overhead are more vulnerable to overuse tears. These include athletes such as tennis players, swimmers, weight lifters and basketball pitchers. A tear in the rotator cuff produces a lot of pain and also contributes to instability in the shoulder joint. If it is severe, there may be weakness or an inability to lift the arm.

Stem Cell Institute of America’s healthcare partner providers use regenerative cell therapy, which has been fortified and enhanced with cytokines and additional natural growth factors to aid in the recovery of rotator cuff injuries. After injection directly into the rotator cuff, these cells combine with the body’s own natural immune cells and aid the body in repairing the tear.

The larger joints of the body contain small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae that provide cushioning between muscles, bones and tissues, allowing them to move smoothly without friction. Bursitis is the inflammation of one or more of these bursae, and often occurs within the shoulder joint, causing stiffness and making movement painful.

The best treatments for bursitis aim to reduce the inflammation that is causing the pain and stiffness. Regenerative Cell Therapy is a revolutionary treatment protocol that takes concentrated amounts of healing cells, and uses them directly in the area of inflammation and damage. This is a non-surgical procedure that can be done in-office, and quickly and naturally alleviates shoulder pain.

Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy

Amniotic regenerative cell therapy is one of the newest and most cutting-edge therapies for chronic joint pain. Amniotic derived regenerative cell therapy offers patients 3 essential properties for healing and restoring joint health:

Since amniotic derived regenerative cell therapy is not derived from embryonic stem cells or fetal tissue, there are no ethical issues with the treatment.

 

The amniotic regenerative cell therapy consists of an injection directly into the painful area. The therapy has the potential to actually alter the course of the condition and not simply mask the pain. This therapy has significant potential for those in pain, and could actually repair structural problems while treating pain and inflammation simultaneously.

When the amniotic cell material is obtained, it comes from consenting donors who have undergone elective c-sections. The fluid is processed at an FDA regulated lab, and is checked for a full slate of diseases per FDA guidelines. The amniotic material has been used over 60,000 times in the US with no adverse events reported. It acts as an immunologically privileged material, meaning it has NOT been shown to cause any rejection reaction in the body. This means there is no graft versus host problem.

 

 If you’re suffering with Chronic Shoulder pain, find out if you are a good candidate for Regenerative Cell Therapy. Schedule your free consultation with our specialists today!