Shoulder pain is a very common complaint, but shoulder surgery is particularly difficult due to the complexity of the joint. Post surgical recovery can be painful and typically requires a lengthy rehab period to restore strength and mobility to the shoulder.
As an alternative to shoulder surgery, Regenexx procedures may help alleviate shoulder pain and the conditions that cause it with a simple office injection procedure. Patients typically experience little to no down time from the procedure.
Shoulder Conditions Commonly Treated with Stem Cell and Platelet Procedures
The list below represents the most commonly treated shoulder conditions using Regenexx stem cell or platelet procedures.
This is not a complete list, so please contact us or complete the Regenexx Candidate Form if you have questions about whether you or your condition can be treated with these non-surgical procedures.
- Rotator cuff tears
- Arthritis of the shoulder joint
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Labral tears or degeneration
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- AC Joint Separation
- Recurrent shoulder dislocations
Shoulder & Rotator Cuff Patient Outcome Data
Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Patient Outcome Data
This outcome information summarizes the patient registry data for shoulders treated with the Regenexx-SD (same-day) procedure using the patient’s own stem cells. It was comprised of a mix of patients with rotator cuff tears, arthritis, labral tears, and instability.View Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Patient Outcome Data Here
New Research Study on Regenexx Shoulder Stem Cell Treatments
Regenexx doctors have recently published the world’s largest registry experience with precisely guided stem cell injections for shoulder conditions including severe arthritis and rotator cuff tears. View this study here
Unlike knee replacement, shoulder replacement surgery is known for pretty poor outcomes, because the shoulder is a shallow joint with great mobility. Replicating that mobility in an artificial joint can be problematic. In addition, since replacing the joint does little to address chronic issues in the rotator cuff muscle, many patients are still left with pain. Finally, as one recent study showed, replacing shoulder joints in younger and active patients under 55 is fraught with high failure rates (40% by 5 years).
On the other hand, if you have little arthritis and just a bad rotator cuff tendon (torn or frayed), then surgery isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. For example, in one recent study, shoulder rotator cuff surgery wasn’t able to beat the outcomes of just plain old physical therapy. In addition, many times range of motion doesn’t return after rotator cuff surgery. Finally, retear rates are high after the rotator cuff tear has been surgically repaired.
Our newly published shoulder stem cell study used the Regenexx-SD protocol and data collected at many Regenexx sites around the country on 115 procedures performed on 102 patients. Of note, the changes in the DASH score (the functional questionnaire commonly used for shoulder surgery studies) of approximately 19 points was almost double the minimum difference in this score. Good changes in pain and percentage improvement were reported despite many of these patients being shoulder replacement candidates.
Rotator Cuff Surgery vs Stem Cells or Platelets
Rotator Cuff Surgery
- 6 weeks of bracing
- 2 weeks – 3 months off work depending on type of job
- Movement restriction for up to 12 weeks
- Extensive & Painful Rehab
- 4 months – 1 year for complete recovery
- 6 out of 10 surgeries fail
Regenexx Stem Cell Procedure
- No surgery
- Same-day injection of your own stem cells
- No bracing
- Minimal activity restriction
- Little or no downtime
- Proven outcomes
The Regenexx Difference
“In January I was faced with another full thickness tear in my rotator cuff and wondered what my options might be. Would it be another surgery or possibly something different? I was introduced to Dr Andrew Blecher who thought I might be a candidate for the new Regenexx stem cell procedure. This new procedure has changed my life, given me a new shoulder and all without invasive shoulder surgery. I cannot explain how happy I am that I chose this method for my shoulder and now I feel great, have significantly less pain and 100% range of motion. Thank you Dr Blecher and Regenexx.”
2-Time Olympic Medalist
Member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
Regenexx Rotator Cuff – Targeted Procedure for Rotator Cuff Tears
The Regenexx Rotator Cuff Procedure is a unique and proprietary same day stem cell procedure. Through years of research and perfecting the use of stem cells and platelets to repair rotator cuff tears, Regenexx–RC improves the rotator cuff’s regenerative potential, rather than further damaging an area that has given way because of tissue weakness. Using an exacting image guided injection of your own stem cells and growth factors, we are able to get the body’s natural “repairmen” directly into the tear. By mobilizing your body’s own healing mechanisms and eliminating the trauma of surgery and atrophy caused by immobilization, Regenexx has produced good results in the treatment of partial rotator cuff tears and has even shown encouraging success with completely retracted tears.
About Rotator Cuff Injuries
The shoulder is amazing and complex ball and socket joint. It is also the most mobile joint in the body. This unique mobility is possible because the socket portion of the joint is quite shallow, therefore requiring a group of four tendons called the Rotator Cuff to hold the ball firmly in the socket upon lifting and rotating your arm.
Rotator Cuff tears are the most common injury of the shoulder. They are also the most difficult to successfully fix surgically. Of the 40,000 Rotator Cuff tear surgeries performed each year, 6 out of 10 fail, resulting in impaired strength and range of motion or re-tearing. The reasons for this are simple. Other than trauma, recent studies show that the reason the tendons tear in the first place is that they are weakened by a lack of, or inefficient stem cells. If we then cut into these tendons, stitch them back together and then immobilize them for long periods of time creating atrophy, it is illogical to think that these additional blows to the joint’s regenerative potential won’t cause problems with healing.
Are You a Candidate For Treatment of Your Shoulder Pain or Injury?
If you are interested in learning whether you are a good candidate for the Regenexx Procedures, please complete the Regenexx Procedure Candidate Form below. We will immediately contact you by email with additional information and next steps in determining whether you are a candidate.