STEM CELL THERAPY FOR SHOULDERS
Suffering from shoulder pain from an injury or from arthritis can be one of the most life-affecting ailments that can affect a person’s physical well-being. This is primarily because it inhibits the ability to sleep comfortably throughout the night. This in turn leads to other health-related problems over time. For people suffering from shoulder pain, Denver Regenerative Medicine offers a unique combination of Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC’s), Adipose-derived stem cells, and platelets which allow patients to regain mobility in their shoulders without invasive surgery and months of physical therapy. By combining these three potent healing cell types, we utilize the body’s natural healing ability to repair the damaged joints and muscles of the shoulder. This allows patients to regain movement in their shoulder without restrictions or pain and spend significantly less time recovering than those who opt for surgery.
OUR UNIQUE STEM CELL INJECTION PROCEDURE FOR SHOULDER PAIN AND SHOULDER INJURIES
A Stem cell injection for shoulder pain is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately 3 hours to complete. The process starts with us harvesting stem cells from two areas of the body as well as platelet-rich plasma from the patient’s blood. Stem cells are the body’s natural healers. They have the unique ability to transform into other types of cells that are needed to repair damaged joints in the shoulder such as bone or muscle cells. The platelet-rich plasma or PRP is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. These platelets contain an enormous amount of growth factors that stimulate the stem cells, causing them to heal the damaged areas of the shoulder quicker.
After we harvest the stem cells and PRP, we use gravity centrifugations to isolate the stem cells to maximize their healing potential. Then, we inject the highly concentrated dosage of stem cells directly into the damaged area of the shoulder, using ultrasound to guide the stem cell injection. Once injected, the stem cells will begin the process of restoring the joints and muscles in the shoulder, and the patient can return home immediately. We do not ask the patients to immobilize the joint because we want the stem cell combination to coat all the internal structures within the shoulder joint. And, unlike surgery, we are not cutting or breaking tissue that will need to heal. The healing process begins immediately once the stem cell combination is introduced into the shoulder and surrounding tissues.
At Denver Regenerative Medicine we have been successfully treating shoulder conditions for almost a decade. With our unique stem cell process, a short recovery time and a quick return to daily activity are a bonus. All our procedures are quick and minimally invasive, allowing patients to return to normal activity with little to no downtime.
STEM CELL THERAPY FOR TREATMENT ROTATOR CUFF TEARS
Treating a torn rotator cuff with our unique stem cell therapy procedures is a minimally invasive alternative to many of the currently available options. There have been many studies that show Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC’s) and Adipose-derived stem cells from a patient’s own body, create long-term tissue repair in the shoulder rotator cuff muscles and ligaments.
These muscles include the Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres minor, and Subscapularis muscles and associated ligaments. Our process of using 3 different regenerative cells types (MSC’s, Adipose-derived stem cells, and Platelets) to treat tears of the rotator cuff muscles has been proved to increase healing time by approx. 30% when compared to using MSC’s alone.1
We understand that not every patient is a good candidate for stem cell therapy to treat rotator cuff tears, and that surgery may be the only option for some patients. However, surgery should typically be a last resort, as it is so invasive and has such a long recovery time. If you do require surgery, we recommend using stem cell therapy to assist in the healing process.
STEM CELL THERAPY FOR TREATMENT OF SHOULDER ARTHRITIS
At Denver Regenerative Medicine, our unique stem cell therapy procedure for shoulder arthritis produces regeneration of cartilage, a reduction in inflammation, and an accompanying increase in mobility and lessening of pain. Many recent research studies show that patients experience significant improvements in mobility and reduction in pain when using stem cells to create more cartilage growth. With our use of both MSC’s and adipose-derived stem cells, we induce cartilage growth within the shoulder joint capsule. Over the course of 3-4 months following the stem cell procedure, cartilage continues to grow. This creates a “cushion” for the joint, reducing the pain of “bone-on-bone” arthritis and arresting the degenerative arthritic process.2
Whatever the cause of your shoulder pain, at Denver Regenerative Medicine we have the tools to determine what is the underlying cause and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. That plan may or may not include our unique stem cell therapy procedure. Every patient is different, and we treat each patient according to what would provide the greatest benefit with the least amount of risk. Occasionally, that means referring out to physical therapists or other physical medicine specialists.
1 “Stem Cell Treatments for Shoulder and Elbow Injuries Flourish, but So Far There’s Little Evidence They Work,” October 1, 2019
2 “A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tears with Bone Marrow Concentrate and Platelet Products Compared to Exercise Therapy: A Midterm Analysis”,
Stem Cells International, vol. 2020, Article ID 5962354, 10 pages, 2020.
Christopher Centeno, Zachary Fausel, Ian Stemper, Ugochi Azuike, Ehren Dodson