Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulders
Many individuals and athletes are turning to regenerative medicine procedures such as stem cell therapy for shoulders.
The shoulder is used for so many daily activities, it is not realized until it becomes injured. The loss of mobility and the effect on the simplest of activities including dressing and activities of daily living are severely restricted.
Shoulder pain can be a significant problem for anyone, especially athletes and those with physically demanding jobs.
Anatomy of the Shoulder
The shoulder joint is composed of three bones:
- Clavicle (collarbone)
- Scapula (shoulder blade)
- Humerus (upper arm bone)
Two joints facilitate shoulder movement:
- The acromioclavicular joint is located between the acromion (that part of the scapula that forms the highest point of the shoulder) and the clavicle.
- The glenohumeral joint, commonly called the shoulder joint, is a ball-and-socket type joint that helps move the shoulder forward and backward and allows the arm to rotate in a circular fashion or hinge out and up away from the body. (The “ball,” or humerus is the top rounded portion of the upper arm bone; the “socket,” or glenoid is a dish-shaped part of the outer edge of the scapula into which the ball fits.) The capsule is a soft tissue envelope that encircles the glenohumeral joint. It is lined by a thin, smooth synovial membrane.
Most ball and socket joints are constructed of a large socket into which the ball fits nicely. This is a very stable type of joint. The shoulder joint, on the other hand, is made up of a ball which is larger than the socket. This is not a very stable type of joint.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
Shoulders are basically a ball and socket joints, just like the hip, but more complex. To get an example of the shoulder’s complexity, watch a Major League Baseball pitcher throw a fastball, and it will become clear, the hip doesn’t move like that.
Shoulders are placed under tremendous strain and loads, with the various movements of the arm in the ball and socket movement.
Chronic shoulder pain and ailments may be due to many different causes.
This list makes up a great majority of frequently seen shoulder problems:
- Shoulder Osteoarthritis
- Shoulder Impingement
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Bicep Tears
- Labral Tears
- Acromioclavicular (AC) separations and arthritis
- Shoulder AVN or Osteonecrosis
When the shoulder is raised outward, and externally rotated or raised and internally rotated above shoulder height, several things can occur.
Overhead sports such as tennis players and baseball pitchers place enormous stress on their shoulder ligaments, cartilage and tendons.
Shoulder Dislocation & Labral Tears
The shoulder is held in place by cartilage covering known as the glenoid labrum.
This is further surrounded by a tendinous structure known as the rotator cuff. In order for the shoulder bone (the humerus) to come out of its socket, something has to tear. This is usually the cartilage lining known as the glenoid labrum and or the rotator cuff.
MRI scans of the shoulder after dislocation often reveal these tears. Dr. Lox has seen several patients with recurrent shoulder dislocations, who self-reduce or put their shoulder back in the socket, who have not had MRI’s yet.
Just because the shoulder goes back in the socket does not mean the tissue damage has not occurred.
Mel Gibson in the Lethal Weapon movies glamorized this action. However, violent joint tearing is not glamorous. It leads to shoulder joint arthritis at an earlier age. This is why patients seek out a consultation with Dr. Lox.
Do Your Research Before Receiving Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulders
Not all patients are alike, and therefore personalized approaches to using stem cells are warranted.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D., offers adult shoulder stem cell treatments at his Clearwater, Florida office for shoulder pain related to glenoid tears, rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome, down sloping acromiums, and gleno-numeral arthritis and other conditions that cause shoulder pain.
Many patients are finding that regenerative approaches like stem cell therapy for shoulders offer them a nonsurgical means of pain relief, allowing them to return to active, fulfilling lives without the downtime and risks associated with surgery.
Contact Dr. Lox to Schedule Shoulder Cell Therapy Consultation
Having treated nearly every type of athlete with shoulder pain, including professional athletes, Dr. Lox has the experience to evaluate your condition, and recommend Regenerative Medicine treatment options such as stem cell therapy for shoulders.
Call Dr. Lox: 727-462-5582