Types of Shoulder Injuries
The Regenexx™ procedure is a breakthrough, non-surgical treatment option available to patients suffering from the following types of shoulder injuries and disorders.
Partial Rotator Cuff Tear
The rotator cuff is comprised of four major muscles of the shoulder. Tears can occur from either acute injury or repeated small injuries over time. Patients with partial tears of this tendon experience pain in the shoulder – especially when lifting objects and rotating their arm.
Osteoarthritis of the shoulder usually occurs in shoulders that have experienced trauma, infection, or injury. A smooth, slippery, fibrous connective tissue, called articular cartilage, acts as a protective cushion between bones. Arthritis develops as the cartilage begins to deteriorate or is lost. As the articular cartilage is lost, the joint space between the bones narrows. This is an early symptom of osteoarthritis of the shoulder and is easily seen on X-rays. As the disease progresses, the cartilage thins, becoming grooved and fragmented. The surrounding bones react by becoming thicker. They start to grow outward and form spurs. The synovium (a membrane that produces a thick fluid that helps nourish the cartilage and keep it slippery) becomes inflamed and thickened. It may produce extra fluid, that causes additional swelling.