One of the largest joints in your body, your shoulder is also subject to numerous types of damage. Shoulder pain and rotator cuff tears are common among the men and women who rely upon the sports medicine specialists at Genesis Regenerative Sports and Aesthetic Medicine in Westfield, New Jersey. Relief is possible, but the process starts with a face-to-face consultation, so call or book your visit online today.
Your shoulder is one of the largest joints in your body and is actually a group of several joints. If you’re like most, you probably don’t think about your shoulders until a problem arises and joint function is compromised.
A traumatic or sports injury can lead to sudden shoulder pain, but a more common cause is far less dramatic. Repetitive stress and strain on the shoulder joint can create tendon inflammation and joint instability.
Arthritis damages your shoulder joint by creating inflammation. Less common causes include fracture, cancer, infection, and nerve-related problems.
Because you use your shoulders throughout each day, even minor pain gets your attention. When that pain grows in intensity, it can interfere with your daytime and nighttime routines.
Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that give your shoulder support and enable movement. When placed under repetitive strain or subject to traumatic injury, those tendons and muscles can become frayed, torn, or damaged.
A rotator cuff tear can impede normal joint function or cause significant pain. Left untreated, that damage can worsen over time, exacerbating the problem.
One approach involves temporarily reducing shoulder pain. Cortisone shots are an example of short-term pain relief. These injections work by delivering a corticosteroid and local anesthetic into the damaged joint.
These injections can provide short-term relief, but they can also harm your joints over time. They are best used as a temporary treatment while you pursue physical therapy or more lasting regenerative treatments.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections work to reduce inflammation and promote new cell growth. The process involves drawing a small volume of your blood and spinning it to separate the solids from the liquid plasma.
The platelets, which are filled with growth proteins, are then reintroduced to the plasma to create a powerful solution that triggers your body’s natural healing ability. Once injected into your shoulder joint, PRP helps repair damaged tissues.
Another regenerative treatment that can improve shoulder pain is called bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC). This injectable treatment is created in a similar process as that used to make platelet-rich plasma. A small amount of bone marrow is aspirated through a needle from your pelvic bone.
It’s then placed in a processing unit that isolates the stem cells, growth factors, and platelets. Once prepared, the BMAC is injected into the arthritic joint. It goes to work to repair the damaged joint and ease pain associated with inflammation.
For shoulder pain treatment, including rotator cuff tears, call Genesis Regenerative Sports and Aesthetic Medicine or book a consultation online.