“According to population surveys, shoulder pain affects 18-26% of adults at any point in time, making it one of the most common regional pain syndromes. Symptoms can be persistent and disabling in terms of an individual’s ability to carry out daily activities both at home and in the workplace. There are also substantial economic costs involved, with increased demands on health care, impaired work performance, substantial sickness absence, and early retirement or job loss.”

Dr CH Linaker and Dr K Walker-Bone

"Shoulder Disorders and Occupation", May 2015, Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology

Types of shoulder pain

Types of shoulder pain

Shoulder pain is one of the most widespread problems affecting Americans today. The most common types of shoulder pain include—

Arthritis. The swelling and increasing sensitivity of joints often occurs as we age. Your body’s cartilage breaks down, causing the ends of bones in your joints to rub against each other.

Rotator cuff tears. Common in both athletes and adults who overuse or strain the four muscles that enable your arm to rotate from the shoulder.

Bursitis. The inflammation of a fluid-filled sac that helps reduce friction inside your shoulder. Tends to be more painful at night, and when trying to raise one’s arm up. 

Myofascial Pain. When muscles are injured or overused, they can develop areas of tight fibers called “trigger points” that causes pain to spread from the muscle into additional areas.

Traditional approaches to treating shoulder pain

Traditional treatment of shoulder pain

Treatment of shoulder pain often takes a predictable course, beginning with less-invasive methods like physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and cortisone injections. If pain persists, patients are often referred for surgery.

The problem with these less-invasive approaches is that they merely treat shoulder inflammation as if it is the main issue, when the problem is really that the tissues of your shoulder have become damaged. That’s what’s causing the inflammation. And repeated use of cortisone injections can cause even more tissue damage.

Anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone shots

The problem with these less-invasive approaches is that they merely treat shoulder inflammation as if it is the main problem, when the problem is that the tissues of your shoulder have become damaged. That’s what’s causing the inflammation. And repeated use of cortisone injections can cause even further tissue damage.

Surgery

While surgery make be the right solution in some cases, it carries its own set of risks. Shoulder surgery has one of the highest failure rates of all, often leaving patients with significant residual pain, as well as a high chance of re-injury. A recent study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that patients who went for surgery to treat large rotator cuff tears eventually tore them again at a rate of 57 percent. [1]

[1] Wu, X., Briggs, L., & Murrell, G.A.C. Intraoperative Determinants of Rotator Cuff Repair Integrity: An Analysis in 500 Consecutive Repairs. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2012 Meeting: Presented February 7, 2012.

“It’s a common complaint: Surgeons don’t help older adults and their families understand the impact of surgery in terms people can understand, even though older patients face a higher risk of complications after surgery.”

Judith Graham

"For older people, surgery poses risks that aren't always clear", The Washington Post. Aug 5, 2019

How PRP is different

How PRP is different

Professional athletes have known about PRP therapy for years. Instead of only treating the inflammation, we focus on repairing your shoulder’s underlying tissue damage. We take platelets from a sample of your blood, concentrate them into a super-potent serum, and then inject them back into damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints to stimulate the body’s own healing process. When injected, PRP acts as a stem cell magnet, releasing growth factors that attract stem cells to aid in tissue repair and regeneration in the damaged area. A small pilot study conducted at the University of Alberta’s Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic showed that patients with rotator cuff tears not only experienced dramatic improvements in shoulder pain and function following PRP injections, but 71% of patients experienced significant healing in their rotator cuff tears. [2]

For 20 years, PRP therapy has been proven safe and effective by the FDA. Countless professional athletes have used PRP to quickly resolve shoulder pain with little to no downtime. Doctors are recognizing PRP for its ability to heal soft tissue damage at the cellular level and avoid the significant risks posed by shoulder surgery.

[2] Wesner, M., Defreitas, T., Bredy, H., Pothier, L., Qin, Z., McKillop, A.B., Gross, D.P. (2016). A Pilot Study Evaluating the Effectiveness of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Treating Degenerative Tendinopathies: A Randomized Control Trial with Synchronous Observational Cohort. University of Alberta.

“I went for a consultation and Dr. Jethani explained everything to me. Since having my PRP shot one month ago, I haven’t had to take a single pain pill. If you don’t have to have surgery, and you can get off of pain pills with PRP, you’d be crazy not to. I have been telling everybody about this.”

Elizabeth S.

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