Rotator Cuff Tears
Rotator cuff injuries involving damage to the tendons are common, especially in sports. A complete full-thickness tear to the tendon almost always requires surgery. Partial rotator cuff tears, on the other hand, can be treated with alternative measures.
Torn Rotator Cuff Treatment
Traditional treatments for partial tears to the rotator cuff have involved medication for inflammation, cortisone injections, and physical therapy. When these methods failed, surgery was the only option. However, there is now an alternative to surgery. Regenerative cell and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are being used to effectively treat partial tears to the rotator cuff.
Board-certified orthopedic surgeons have taken cell-based and PRP treatments to a new level. Combining traditional methods with advances in Regenerative Medicine, they have developed their own cutting edge regenerative treatment regimen. Rotator cuff partial tears have been successfully repaired using their highly evolved techniques.
How Does Cell-Based Therapy for Rotator Cuff Tears Work?
Repair cells used in the treatment of rotator cuff tears can be extracted from the patient’s own bone marrow. A special machine can be used to isolate cells and platelets from bone marrow and blood. These can then injected directly into the injured areas of the rotator cuff, where they aid the body’s natural healing process in repairing the tear.
Following the initial cell and PRP injection, some patients require further injections to act as “fertilizer” for the repair cells. In this case, approximately a month later, the patient is given an injection of platelet rich plasma, followed a few weeks later by another plasma injection. Platelet rich plasma is drawn from the patient’s own body. This plasma gives a new boost to the repair cells that have already been administered.
Cell-based treatment and platelet rich plasma treatment are not replacing traditional methods. Instead, they are merely another development in the treatment of certain injuries – and in many cases a viable alternative to surgery. Over the past few years, these methods have successfully helped patients with torn rotator cuffs avoid the pain, inconvenience, and long rehabilitation from a surgical procedure. It has been proven that conventional treatment and regenerative medicine can work together to help heal the body and restore the patient to his or her pre-injury condition.
Please note that while the above conditions represent most of those that can be treated using either PRP injections or PRP injection in conjunction with cell injections, the specific method of treatment will be based on a patient’s age and health at the time of treatment, the severity of your condition and other factors. Learn if you are eligible for cell-based therapy.