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Shoulder Pain in a Patient’s Only Functional Arm, Treated With PRP and Stem Cells

May 01, 2013


Shoulder Pain in a Patient’s Only Functional Arm, Treated With PRP and Stem Cells

Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, Fl


shoulder painShoulder pain is bad enough. Imagine if you only had one functional arm and that shoulder was going bad with arthritis. That is exactly the situation Dennis M. Lox, MD, faced. The patient had injured his dominant arm in a severe motorcycle accident, paralyzingly the nerve in the arm. This left him with only one functional arm, his non dominant extremity.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Stem Cell Therapy have been used for a variety of shoulder problems including sports injuries. Dr. Lox has successfully treated many disorders with these regenerative therapies. This case illustrates how complicated things become when there is only one shoulder and no backup.

Typically, over time when one limb is paralyzed the other arm picks up all the work load, and over time this will result in excessive wear or degenerative arthritis. Shoulder joint replacement is technically more difficult and complications tend to be more frequent than more commonly replaced joints, such as the knee or hip. Given this, if surgery or shoulder replacement is unsuccessful the significance is much greater in a patient with one functional arm. In this scenario PRP and Stem Cell Therapy are reasonable and practical conservative alternatives.

This patient elected to have PRP and Stem Cell Therapy by Dr. Lox. There were no complications. Pain subsided and shoulder range of motion improved. The patient is now 3 years post PRP and Stem Cell Therapy to his shoulder, and views the procedure as a success. He was told he needed a shoulder joint replacement, and now has avoided this, as well as the potential complications that would occur if surgery were not successful.  A poor outcome may result in a worse functional state.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy may be a viable conservative alternative to shoulder surgery and shoulder joint replacement.


Dennis M. Lox, MD, serves patients in the greater Tampa Bay area, including, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, New Port Richey, Sarasota,Orlando and Spring Hill. He has been pleased to accommodate the needs of patients throughout Florida, the United States, the Western Hemisphere, and Europe, as well. Located in the 33765 and 33765 areas, our offices can be reached at (727) 462-5582 (Clearwater) and (727) 817-1909 (New Port Richey). Call to schedule your visit today.

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About the Author

Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or have arthritis from aging, Dr. Lox can help.

Dennis M. Lox M.D. is an internationally renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox incorporates Regenerative Medicine techniques such as cell science applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering aspects, to help patients from around the world with a vast array of problems. Dr. Lox is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lox lectures extensively and has edited two PM&R textbooks, the prestigious A State of the Art Review (Star) on Low Back Pain, and Soft Tissue Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment.

Dennis M. Lox M.D. maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.