27 Dec Reversing the Pain and Discomfort of Shoulder Injuries
It is only when an injury occurs that people begin to realize the fragility of the human body. The shoulder joint is a prime example of a vulnerable joint and a fall, or even, a sudden awkward movement could impact this area. Shoulder pain can be excruciating but a lack of movement can impact life significantly, so it is important to ascertain the cause as quickly as possible. The injury may affect the bone, the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage but it is the very design of this joint that puts it at risk as the stability of the joint is reduced due to the need for flexibility. Where there is inflammation i.e. bursitis or tendinitis, this can easily end up with a torn rotator cuff. Labral tears can also easily occur when cartilage is torn and then, arthritic conditions along with bone spurs can occur. Fractured bones can also occur.
There are many types of shoulder injuries including:
- Dislocated shoulder – often occurring through injury
- Frozen shoulder – movement is restricted to the shoulder joint
- Shoulder impingement syndrome – this is where the tendons of the rotator cuff become impinged
- Deltoid muscle strain- pain can be experienced at the back, side or front of the shoulder
- Bruised collarbone-this can occur when there has been impacted to the collarbone at the front
- Shoulder subluxation-this is where the joint has been partially dislocated
- Proximal humerus growth plate fracture – occurs at the end of the bone in children prior to the bone hardening from cartilage.
- Posterior shoulder dislocation-this occurs when the head of the humerus moves backward from the socket- anterior injuries tend to be more commonly experienced.
- Shoulder sprain-stretching of the fibers/partial tears to the ligaments or joint capsules
- Suprascapular neuropathy-this tends to occur when there is traction damage to the suprascapular nerve
- Referred shoulder pain-this is where any pain experienced in the shoulder could be caused by health problems in an alternate area of the body including the neck or spine. Pressure on the nerves can result in shoulder pain.
The shoulder is made up of three bones which include the clavicle (collarbone) the humerus (upper arm bone) and the scapula (shoulder blade). Stem cell therapy pain management can help to reverse shoulder joint problems if other treatments have failed and will implement the healing process. Certainly, where there is tissue damage, the natural healing process may be overwhelmed by degeneration which causes loss of function, increased pain and weakness in the area.
The body has billions of cells all working in very specialized ways. Each cell helps with the healing of specific organs, bones, tendons, and ligaments etc. These cells will continuously degenerate and regenerate. As the cycle continues, older cells die, and stem cells produce new cells. This is why stem cells are now used to boost the healing process. Once a diagnosis is made, and using MSK ultrasounds and fluoroscopy, the medical practitioner will be able to introduce stem cells directly into the area that is needed. This is done through an injection directly into an injured tissue and so, this can help any tendons, ligaments that have been injured or to help reverse degeneration of arthritic joints.
Fortunately, stem cell injections can be utilized without the individual needing to stay in the hospital and this means, patients can avoid long periods of rehabilitation. There is also less risk of infection or blood clots thereafter. Although some shoulder injuries will respond to general manipulation or physical therapy, it’s comforting to realize that stem cells are a useful healing aid where necessary.