Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Pain Management

Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Pain Management

What is most commonly known as the shoulder is actually a combination of tendons and muscles which allow a wide range of motion in the arm – from throwing the opening pitch to scratching that terrible itch on your back.

Your shoulder is made of up three bones: humerus (the upper arm bone), scapula (your shoulder blade), and th

e clavicle (your collarbone). Some of the most common injuries to these areas of your body include:

  • AC joint separation
  • Labral tears or degeneration
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Arthritis of the shoulder joint
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Recurrent shoulder dislocations


All of these injuries or conditions listed above can be treated with stem cell or platelet procedures.

What are stem cell and platelet procedures?

Your body is composed of billions of cells, all of which are specialized. Each cell helps form a specific organ such as the skin, brain, muscles, bone, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Every day these cells go through a process of degeneration and regeneration. As this process happens, and the older cells die, stem cells produce new cells. These new cells have the capability of becoming multiple types of different cells.

However, these stem cells also have great healing capabilities. When tissues are injured, the regenerative process is exceeded by the degenerative process causing pain, weakness, and some loss of function. But, stem cells are able to aid in the healing of the tissue.

Modern medical techniques have now allowed practitioners to withdraw stem cells directly from the bone marrow of a patient. The stem cells are then concentrated through a lab process and re-injected into the patient at the precise location of the injured tissue.

By using MSK Ultrasounds and Fluoroscopy, practitioners are able to ensure the cells are introduced precisely into the area they are needed. The injection of the stem cells precisely into the injured tissue enhances the healing process of arthritic joints, injured tendons, and injured ligaments. The stem cells aid in the healing by reversing the natural breakdown process which occurs due to injury, age, and overuse.

These procedures are done in the comfort of a doctor’s office. The procedure for the platelet procedure is very similar, except the platelets are harvested via a blood sample from the patient.

What are the benefits to the patient?

These non-surgical stem cell injections offer patients treatment within a single day, and might even offer a better alternative for those who are looking at having surgery or even joint replacement. Following treatment, patients are typically able to resume normal activities the exact same day.

Another benefit to stem cell and platelet injections is that patients are able to avoid the lengthy and painful period of rehabilitation that are typically required following surgery in order to restore mobility, strength, and range of motion.

Lastly, because of the non-invasive, non-surgical method used for this treatment, patients are much less likely to experience the risks that are often seen after surgery, such as blood clots or infection.

The Regenerative Stem Cell Institute offers both PRP therapy and adipose SVF stem cell therapy for shoulder pain relief. Treatments are offered at several Chicago stem cell locations including Elgin, Itasca, Barrington and more. Call us today for a complimentary consultation to discuss your shoulder pain options!

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