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Shoulder Pain

Your shoulder’s wide range of motion makes it highly susceptible to injuries, such as a rotator cuff tear, or degenerative diseases like arthritis. Traditional treatments like rotator cuff repair surgery or joint replacement aren’t always effective and require a long recovery. Fortunately, the expert team at the Global Institute of Stem Cell Therapy and Research (GIOSTAR) in Chicago offer regenerative medicine alternatives, including PRP and stem cell therapy. Call today or get started online for nonsurgical shoulder pain relief. Please submit a confidential medical review form to our medical team. Our medical and research team will review your records and determine whether or not you are a candidate for this type of treatment. A member of the patient outreach team will contact you within 48-72 hours. 

What causes shoulder pain?

One of the most common causes of shoulder pain is an injury to the rotator cuff, the group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. A rotator cuff injury can range from impingement of the tendons to a partial or complete rotator cuff tear. These injuries can be the result of trauma or age-related degeneration of the tendons.  

How does traditional medicine address rotator cuff injuries?

Traditional treatment plans for rotator cuff injuries include rest, medication, steroid injections, and surgery. However, studies show that surgery is quite ineffective for many types of rotator cuff tears, and steroid injections offer limited relief and only reduce inflammation in the short term.  

How long does it take to recover from shoulder surgery?

Rotator cuff surgery is a major operation where the rotator cuff tendons are sewn back to the upper arm bone. Don’t let anyone tell you that recovery is quick. Just the initial stage of healing, where the repaired rotator cuff tendons begin to heal to the bone, takes about six weeks. It then takes another 6-9 months before the tendons are completely healed.

Many patients continue to experience symptoms of pain long after the surgery because either their shoulder is still recovering or it has become stiff due to a lack of movement. 

How does regenerative medicine treat shoulder pain?

The goal of the GIOSTAR team is to provide their patients with regenerative treatment options, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, prolotherapy, and regenerative cells therapy that contains adult stem cells including adult mesenchymal stem cells (AMSC), to help them avoid unnecessary surgery and the long, painful months of rehabilitation that follow.

Regenerative treatments harness your body’s own healing powers and growth factors to repair and regenerate damaged or diseased tissue. PRP uses natural growth proteins found in your blood, and stem cell therapy uses your body’s undifferentiated cells to heal and regenerate tissue.

GIOSTAR patients undergo multi-factorial analysis, so their provider can develop a unique and customized protocol to help them enjoy life again and rediscover activities they once cherished.   

Which other shoulder conditions can be treated with regenerative medicine?

The experts at GIOSTAR offer regenerative treatments to address a wide range of shoulder conditions and help you avoid invasive surgery or even total joint replacement. Other shoulder injuries and conditions that can be treated with regenerative medicine include:

  • Shoulder impingement
  • Labral tears
  • Shoulder instability
  • Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder

All of these conditions can contribute to long-term damage of the cartilage in your shoulder and lead to early degeneration, and even arthritis, another common cause of shoulder pain.

Please fill out a medical review form to determine whether or not you are a candidate for this treatment. Call our office in Glenview, Illinois to learn more about stem cell treatment for shoulder pain. 

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