Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Arthritis: An Alternative to Shoulder Surgery?

Suffering from shoulder pain due to a rotator cuff tear, arthritis, sport injury, or another shoulder-related condition? Are you looking for an alternative to shoulder surgery? If so, stem cells may be a good option for you. When it comes to shoulder surgery, there’s a few important things to keep in mind. As with any major surgery, there are risks, and potential complications involved. These risks may include:

  • Permanent Nerve Damage
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Blood Clots
  • Post-Surgery Infections

Furthermore, there’s no guarantee that surgery to the shoulder will be successful. In some cases, the surgery fails. And even if the surgery is successful, there’s a chance that further operation will be needed if the ligament tears. The odds of side-effects or surgery failing range between 1% to 10% – a number high enough to cause concern.

Shoulder Stem Cell Therapy – An Effective Alternative?

Stem cells are a special type of cell that can be drawn from your own body. Some of these stem cells have the potential to regenerate living tissue and transform into various other cells. But as we age, our stem cell concentrations diminish and our ability to recover from injury tends to wane.

One potential solution to this issue is to draw stem cells from another area of your body and deposit them into the injured shoulder. While this sounds a little scary, the procedure is very simple and can be performed in the office in only an hour or two. There may be discomfort during the injection, but this can be decreased with an injectable numbing agent and oral pain medication. Patients are awake during the procedure as it is generally tolerable and relatively quick.

If you’re considering stem cell treatment for shoulders, keep reading to learn more about how it works.

How Do They Work?

When using stem cells for a shoulder injury, patients should expect gradual improvement over the course of a few weeks, and even up to a year. The reason for this is that it can take your body a considerable amount of time to repair living tissue. Most patients report positive results after a few weeks, with improvement being seen more with every passing month. In some cases, additional stem cell treatments may be needed to heal from severe injuries.

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