Shoulder pain is a very common complaint.. Shoulder pain can have a variety of causes of causes including acute injuries, overuse injuries, and other inflammatory or degenerative conditions. Some causes of shoulder pain and some of the conditions that cause shoulder pain can become chronic. These can include rotator cuff tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, biceps tendon pathology, bursitis, impingement syndrome, and other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Degenerative arthritis can occur with the AC Joint, or the primary ball-and-socket joint (the glenohumeral joint), and in advanced cases can lead to the need for a joint replacement surgery.
Stem Cell Research and Shoulder Injuries
The North Texas Stem Cell Treatment Center offers a protocol for painful shoulder conditions that harnesses the beneficial properties of adult stem cells. We harvest the patient’s own adipose (fat) tissue derived stem cells – the richest source of adult stem cells- during an outpatient procedure that takes about three hours under local anesthesia, These cells are then returned or deployed back into the patient’s body via injection or intravenous infusion.
This is a promising approach to musculoskeletal problems that is gaining more and more attention, as reported in a Science News article entitled, “Stem cell treatment spurs cartilage growth.”
Our center is committed to quality care for our patients with painful shoulder conditions. We are also committed to stem cell research for the advancement of regenerative medicine. We are proud to be part of the only Investigational Review Board (IRB)-based stem cell treatment network in the United States that utilizes fat-transfer surgical technology. We have an array of ongoing IRB-approved protocols, and we provide care for patients with a wide variety of disorders that may be treated with adult stem cell-based regenerative therapy. Not all shoulder injuries respond to stem cell therapy, and each patient must be assessed individually to determine the potential for optimal results from this regenerative process.