Can Stem Cells Help Shoulder Arthritis?
Historically, shoulder arthritis can be a challenge to treat. Even after undergoing a major intervention such as a shoulder replacement surgery or a rotator cuff repair, many individuals experience chronic pain and limited function within the joint. While oral medications and supplements can help provide some relief, many individuals are seeking a long-term solution.
In pursuit of that goal, thousands of patients across the country have turned to regenerative medicine, also known as stem cell therapy to help manage their shoulder arthritis. This alternative intervention can provide potential results to patients who are suffering from chronic shoulder joint pain. Stem cell therapy can be used in conjunction with traditional treatments or to speed recovery following surgical intervention. Some patients may be able to avoid the need for surgery if the results are beneficial.
What Causes Shoulder Arthritis?
Shoulder arthritis is characterized by damage to the cartilage within the shoulder joint. Cartilage covers the socket (glenoid) and ball (humeral head) of the shoulder joint. When this cartilage is damaged, these bones rub together, which results in pain and inflammation.
Shoulder arthritis can also occur in the acromioclavicular or AC joint. This joint is the point of union for the acromion and the clavicle (Collarbone).
Typically, shoulder arthritis is caused by normal wear and tear that occurs over the course of a person’s life. However, a dynamic event such as a sports injury can substantially damage the cartilage, thereby accelerating the development of arthritis.
How Stem Cells May Be Able to Help
During stem cell therapy, a medical professional will administer the cells into the shoulder joint. Once injected, these cells will actively seek out inflammation and begin repairing damaged tissues within the shoulder joint. In addition to reducing inflammation, these cells could potentially replace damaged cartilage and other soft tissues that are causing arthritis symptoms.
Stem cells are most commonly harvested from the patient’s own bone marrow aspirate or adipose tissue. Stem cell therapy is a safe procedure that has minimal risk of adverse side effects.
Am I Eligible for Stem Cell Therapy?
If you are suffering from a chronic condition such as shoulder arthritis, then you may be a candidate for regenerative medicine options. The medical provider will conduct a thorough review of your medical history and records to determine whether it is the right treatment option for your condition. To schedule your complimentary assessment, contact our team.
This post was written by a medical professional at Stemedix Inc. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine for osteoarthritis, also known as stem cell therapy for Osteoarthritis. Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions.