The Incredible Potential of Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulders
Stem cell therapy is an exciting new treatment option for patients suffering from shoulder pain caused by injuries, conditions, or diseases. Given its many potential benefits, some patients may find that receiving stem cell therapy for shoulders wracked by pain could provide a relatively safe and natural alternative to surgery. This could hold especially true for patients suffering from rotator cuff tears or many different conditions or diseases that cause inflammation or restricted range of movement.
Which Type of Stem Cell Therapy Are We Talking About?
There are different kinds of stem cell therapy, and the one you choose to receive has major implications, so you should carefully consider your options. It is always a good idea to discuss your treatment options with a doctor in order to come up with a customized treatment plan for your unique situation.
For most patients, we’ll propose the use of autologous adipose tissue-derived adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which seem like they might hold the highest potential for treating shoulder pain for the right patients. Adipose stem cell therapy could treat the painful symptoms of inflammation caused by injuries, conditions, and diseases. These may include shoulder injuries such as a torn rotator cuff or arthralgia brought on by osteoarthritis and similar forms of arthritis.
For patients with nerve damage, we propose umbilical-derived mesenchymal stem cells, which exhibit the potential to promote regeneration of crushed and damaged nerves. This could be especially promising when using stem cell therapy for conditions like scapular winging, because the most common cause of a winged scapula is damage to the long thoracic nerve. Properly applied, stem cell therapy might be able to assist in the repair of this nerve, treat winged scapula related pain, and help patients achieve a higher quality of life.
We do link to and mention research including other types of stem cells, but we prefer adipose or umbilical stem cell therapy for shoulders. Of course, every patient is different so each patient’s unique case is considered individually based on the type of injury or condition involved. However, adipose and umbilical stem cell therapy are comparatively easier on the body and could prove more efficient and effective than current alternatives.
Why Choose Adipose or Umbilical Stem Cell Therapy?
As previously mentioned, adipose stem cell therapy is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that involves harvesting stem cells from your own fat, then injecting them into your shoulders. Umbilical-derived stem cells such as those from Wharton’s Jelly are donated and have the potential to repair nerve damage. Both of these options are much less invasive than many alternatives and offers a comparatively fast recovery time with minimal discomfort.
The whole process takes several hours, and patients enjoy that they can walk themselves out of the office the same day. As an alternative to a shoulder replacement (shoulder arthroplasty) or shoulder surgery (shoulder arthroscopy), stem cell therapy is less invasive and could offer much quicker recovery time with the potential to substantially reduce pain and increase mobility for the patient. The potential for stem cell therapy to treat painful conditions may especially appeal to patients with a winged scapula, torn rotator cuff, or shoulder osteoarthritis.
Of course, in conjunction with any such plan, a doctor may recommend a complete plan including goals for diet and exercise that may also help alleviate your pain and strengthen your body, as appropriate for your unique circumstances.
What is the draw of using Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulders?
Fat-derived stem cell therapy procedures are performed in the hope of a positive clinical outcome for patients, potentially combating the symptoms of diseases like arthritis and other causes of shoulder pain. These ‘adipose’ stem cells may offer one of the lowest risk and highest reward options for treating shoulder injuries with stem cell therapy.
They can reduce inflammation and improve range of motion while lowering pain as the MSCs turn into a plethora of cell types in the affected area. Potentially, stem cells could regenerate all sorts of cells that could help improve your body’s condition. This is one of the things that makes regenerative medicine so incredible as a science.
Additionally, options exist for using Wharton’s Jelly combined with PRP in an attempt to accelerate the healing process of damaged or injured joints. Wharton’s Jelly has even been seen to potentially be more suitable for cardiovascular tissue engineering and clinical regeneration than amniotic stem cells. A study which contains more than 250 resources indicates that using PRP in conjunction with stem cells could create such a strong regenerative effect that they may even be able to aid in the regeneration and reparation of bone damage.
Why Is Adipose Stem Cell Therapy so Popular?
In 2002, researchers at UCLA published a manuscript that officially added the adipose-derived stem cell to the roster of potentially useable adult stem cells. Since then, clinical trials, patient outcomes, and research on the use of these stem cells have been published. These have been discussed enough to generate the idea that adipose stem cell therapy may be a promising new frontier for the treatment of pain and inflammation caused by injuries, osteoarthritis and many other conditions.
This hope for recovery or alleviation of symptoms and the possibility of an improvement in quality of life is what makes stem cell therapy so popular for many patients suffering from shoulder pain. Imagine being able to regain mobility and experience less pain; you’re imagining the possibilities that stem cell therapy could offer.
What Benefits Could Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulders Offer?
Performed with care, stem cell therapy could offer many benefits, and the short recovery time and quick return to daily activity are an added bonus. Current adipose stem cell therapy procedures are quick and minimally invasive, allowing patients to return to normal activity with little downtime.
1. Stem Cell Therapy Could Treat Rotator Cuff Tears
Treating a torn rotator cuff with stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive alternative to many of the currently available options. A quick trip to a clinic, a few hours of collecting stem cells, and finally injecting them into the shoulder is all it takes. This simple procedure may provide a substantial boost to the tendon-to-bone healing rate of affected patients.
Autologous MSCs, like the kind used by Dynamic Stem Cell Therapy, have been demonstrated to have better healing properties and more effectively increase biomechanical strength in animal models. Yet another study showed that applying mesenchymal stem cells to injured rotator cuffs in elderly rats had the potential to biologically improve rotator cuff healing and produce mechanically superior tissue with improved tendon strength compared to the other methods in the study.
The Neer Award, so named after the late Dr. Charles S. Neer II, M.D., created a fund in 1985 to created a fund to provide recognition for outstanding clinical investigation contributing to the understanding, care or prevention of injuries to the shoulder and elbow. In 2013, this award was granted to a research team for the publication of a study on using adipose-derived stem cells for the improvement of rotator cuff regeneration. This study was conducted on 40 rabbits, and the findings indicated that adipose stem cells might have the possibility to improve muscle function and tendon healing after cuff repair.
However, surgery should typically be a last resort, as it is so invasive and has such a long recovery time. For patients who could benefit from it, we recommend trying stem cell therapy for shoulders prior to surgery. However, if surgery is required, we recommend using stem cell therapy to assist in the healing process.
In fact, in a study on 53 patients that did undergo arthroscopy for the repair of a complete rotator cuff tear, each patient was followed up with over the course of 2 years. Patients that did receive PRP experienced reduced pain and improved healing of grade 1 and 2 rotator cuff tears compared to those who did not. Additionally, patients in the PRP treatment group regained significantly higher strength in external rotation within the first 3 months.
These results seem very promising, and we look forward to new studies on the efficacy of using stem cells for rotator cuff tears as they become available.
2. Stem Cell Therapy Might Help Patients Combat Shoulder Osteoarthritis
In a recent series of case studies, doctors used autologous adipose tissue-derived stem cell treatments to regenerate cartilage in some patients with osteoarthritis. Over the course of three months, many of the patients involved in the study experienced substantial reductions in pain and increases in meniscus growth and mobility.
In a randomized, double-blind, control study of 55 patients at 7 institutions, patients in two groups were treated with varied amounts of adult human MSCs (mesenchymal stem cells) while a third group served as a control group. Patients with osteoarthritic changes in the two groups treated with stem cells experienced significant reductions in pain. Some of these patients experienced more than a 15% increase in meniscal volume after receiving stem cell therapy treatments.
Additionally, this paper on clinical studies that treated patients with cartilage disorders using adipose derived MSCs (ADSCs) suggests that with a carefully customized treatment plan, patients could have hope for an improved clinical outcome.
Applying stem cell therapy for shoulders could allow for the regeneration of cartilage, a reduction in inflammation, and an accompanying increase in mobility and lessening of pain. While still being researched, a great deal of evidence indicates that stem cell therapy can potentially be very beneficial for patients with comparatively low risks. Adipose stem cell therapy especially falls into this category, as the acquisition of stem cells from fat is much easier and less invasive than most alternatives.
These studies suggest the possibility for patients to experience potentially significant improvements in mobility and pain management when using stem cell therapy for arthritis related pain. This might offer hope that stem cell therapy for shoulders could be a viable natural alternative to surgery for many potential patients suffering from conditions such as osteoarthritis and arthralgia.
3. Stem Cells from Your Own Body Could be a Natural Alternative to Surgery
Autologous stem cell treatments use stem cells taken from your body, which have even been shown to potentially help patients treat baldness by regenerating hair follicles for patients suffering from alopecia. In recent times, there has been a shift towards using autologous adipose tissue-derived adult mesenchymal stem cells, or stem cells taken from the fat on your own body. Since these are healthy cells from your body, it makes sense that they could carry much less risk than treatments using foreign manufactured or biological materials.
For instance, your body might not recognize and could attack some foreign materials. Additionally, as mentioned in this article that highlights reasons some joint replacements fail, large metal and plastic implants could serve as a vector for infection by playing host to bacteria that can latch onto them.
Did you know that as much as 20% of the general population suffers from nickel allergies? Of course, this won’t affect how patients react to the stem cells injected during stem cell therapy for patients with osteoarthritis, torn rotator cuffs, winged scapula, or other causes of shoulder pain. However, there is a possibility for a severe allergic reaction to surgical implants containing nickel.
In the case of Diane Velluci, she experienced such an agonizing allergic reaction to her implants that she felt like she was poisoned and dying. After having two joints replaced with metal implants, her allergies left her so weak and exhausted that she required a leg lifter just to get on and off the couch. Ultimately, a revision surgery was necessary to replace her implants with ones that were nickel-free.
Stem cell therapy could be an easy way to avoid the potential pain, weakness, and exhaustion that could accompany an allergic reaction to a shoulder implant. Not only that, but adipose stem cell therapy is a much less invasive procedure with a much faster recovery time than arthroscopy or shoulder replacement surgery, allowing you to walk out of the office on your own within hours of the procedure. However, keep in mind that you will need someone to drive you home!
4. Adipose Stem Cell Therapy Could Cost Less, Hurt Less, and Be More Efficient
When it comes to stem cell therapy, it pays to know the different types. According to John Hopkins University, adipose tissue-derived stem cell therapy offers a more economical and efficient source of stem cells than bone marrow. Add to that the fact that they seem to carry less risk, are easier to acquire, and offer a quick recovery with minimal restrictions. After looking at the evidence, it’s no wonder why adipose stem cell therapy has experienced such a rapid growth in popularity.
Even the European Commission (the executive of the European Union, composed of 28 European countries) funded and subsequently published a clinical trial identifying adipose mesenchymal stem cells as an affordable, widely available, and easily applied treatment option for numerous unmet medical needs in various anti-inflammatory and autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
The European Commission further published that the results of the treatments showed a lasting impact for patients who underwent stem cell therapy, but not for patients in the control group that did not receive stem cell therapy. The study also explored the potential economic impact these treatments could have on European citizens. It was discovered that a large portion of some patient’s costs were caused by a loss of work as a result of their symptoms, and these treatments could allow some patients to return to work.
Considering the high cost, long recovery time, and highly painful and invasive nature of shoulder replacement surgery, some patients may find stem cell therapy to be a much more appealing option. With stem cell therapy for shoulders, your shoulder might get a shot and some of your fat might be harvested from your abdomen, and then you’ll walk out of the office. Typically, patients return to work the following day and have resumed most normal activities within days.
These studies might hint at major changes to the world of healthcare through regenerative medicine. Stem cell therapy may be the future for treating shoulder injuries, diseases, and conditions for the right patients in the right circumstances. With further testing, we may discover new frontiers for patients of all kinds.
Given the results of these studies, using stem cell therapy for shoulders might offer relief to patients with shoulder pain, injuries, and inflammatory conditions or diseases like osteoarthritis to recover more quickly, safely, and comfortably than was previously thought possible.
New studies, government approved clinical trials from around the globe, and patient testimonials continue to point to the incredible benefits using stem cell therapy for shoulders could offer. For patients suffering from osteoarthritis and arthralgia, this could prove even more beneficial, with the potential to substantially improve range of motion and decrease pain.
New Hope for the Future
This brings hope for athletes, soldiers, and everyday people to enjoy a higher quality of life with less pain and more mobility, which is an incredible thing in and of itself. With such promising results from so many studies on stem cell therapy, the potential to help patients manage pain and inflammation while increasing mobility and quality of life seems to grow every day. The future of healthcare is as exciting as ever, and we can’t wait to discover which new developments lie in store for us in this new generation of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine.
It is this hope and our personal, anecdotal experiences that give us such a strong belief in the importance of the treatments we offer. It is imperative for each patient to discuss the risks and benefits of each treatment option with their doctor. When it comes to applying the art and science of stem cell therapy for shoulders, you want an especially practiced and knowledgeable doctor to formulate a customized treatment plan for your individual circumstances.
If you have questions about stem cell therapy for shoulders, Dynamic Stem Cell Therapy employs an incredible staff and a compassionate, world-class doctor that can help you find the right path for your personalized treatment. Book a consultation or contact us today, and we’d love to help you discover if stem cell therapy could be right for you.