The shoulder plays a crucial role in your ability to perform many everyday tasks, from reaching a high shelf to carrying objects. So, when shoulder injuries occur, people often have trouble carrying out their regular routines.
The shoulder is subject to all types of injuries, from a torn rotator cuff to bursitis to osteoarthritis and more. While shoulder pain can be debilitating, there are treatments available to help you fully recover. Stem cell therapy, in particular, helps many patients overcome shoulder pain without having to undergo invasive surgery.
Continue reading to learn more about the most common causes of shoulder pain and how stem cell therapy can help.
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain:
Torn Rotator Cuff
The rotator cuff is a band of muscles and tendons that circle the shoulder joint to provide stability. When a tear occurs in the rotator cuff, pain and weakness in the shoulder result. This injury is common in people who perform repetitive shoulder motions.
Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction between tissues in the body’s joints. Overuse of a joint, such as the shoulder, can cause inflammation in the bursae, leading to a condition called bursitis. Shoulder bursitis causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the shoulder joint.
Osteoarthritis occurs from wear and tear on the cartilage of a joint. Most common in older age, osteoarthritis can cause pain and stiffness in the affected joint, such as the shoulder.
Shoulder tendinitis develops as a result of overuse of the tendons in the shoulder. With shoulder tendinitis, the tendons in the shoulder become inflamed, leading to pain and stiffness in the shoulder.
How Stem Cell Therapy Can Help with Shoulder Pain
Stem cell therapy can help relieve shoulder pain by stimulating and supporting the regeneration of the damaged tissue. Stem cells are capable of developing into different types of cells with specialized functions. So, when stem cells are injected near injured tissue in the shoulder, they can replace the damaged cells. Over time, the stem cells will help heal the damaged tissue to reduce inflammation and ease the pain. In cases of osteoarthritis, stem cell therapy can even decrease or stop the rate of deterioration of the shoulder joint!
To learn more about how stem cell therapy can help resolve your shoulder pain, schedule an appointment at Suncoast Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine today.