Are steroid shoulder injections or rotator cuff surgery the only options for rotator cuff tear treatment?

Medica Pain Management Clinics offer minimally invasive, non-surgical, safe alternatives for rotator cuff tear to get your life back on track without rotator cuff surgery or steroid injections!

 

rotator cuff, Rotator Cuff & Sports Injury Regenerative Treatment

The rotator cuff is a musculotendinous structure formed mainly by muscles, tendons and ligaments that surrounds the shoulder joint. These structures facilitate to keep the two parts of the shoulder, the shoulder blade and the upper arm, stabilised. Sadly, rotator cuff injury is common and leads to a rotator cuff tear or a torn rotator cuff altogether.

Rotator cuff injury is prevalent in older adults and sportspersons, especially in athletes who repeatedly need to move their arms overhead. Traumatic injury to shoulder also sometimes causes rotator cuff tear. Conventional treatment for rotator cuff tear mainly focuses on managing symptoms. Doctors mostly suggest ice pack, rest, pain-killers and exercise to manage symptoms of pain. In cases of complete rotator cuff tear surgery is indicated. Surgery usually keeps you away from sports as it has a long downtime post-surgery and  with extensive rehabilitation. Rehabilitation after surgery helps to strengthen the muscles and ligaments around the shoulder and results are not guaranteed and time-consuming.

While surgery and pain-killers have their uses, there is another treatment method that provides efficient pain relief, Regenerative Therapy. Regenerative Treatment method is often overlooked, but you may benefit from Regenerative Medicines like Stromal Vascular Fraction therapy (SVF) or Platelet Rich Plasma – PRP therapy.

Regenerative Therapy is an alternative treatment option and has been proven successful not just by scientist and researchers in labs, but also by doctors who utilise this treatment for a variety of conditions clinically.

Two Types of Rotator Cuff Tears
    • A partial tear is when a tear does not completely sever the attachments to the bone.
    • A complete or full-thickness tear refers to a through and through the tear. It may be as small as a pinpoint or all involve all fibres of the muscle-tendon.
    • Complete tears have a detachment of the tendon from the attachment site and would not heal very well.
Non-Surgical Regenerative Treatment Options for Rotator Cuff Tears

In some cases, it may be a combination of more than one treatment protocol. However, in some instances, the complete protocol for treatment involves the administration of a series of injections during several treatment sessions. The choice of treatment is made at the discretion of the Consultant, depending on your unique case.  

Benefits of Non-Surgical Regenerative Treatment for Rotator Cuff Tears

With so many treatment options for rotator cuff tear treatment out there, you may be wondering what benefits make Non-surgical Regenerative Treatments different. Overall Regenerative Treatments are minimally invasive, non-surgical same day procedures with no risk of rejection, minimal recovery time and minimum worry. You are fully awake and ready to go home almost straight after injections in the affected area.

Following are the top benefits of Regenerative treatment for Rotator Cuff Tears:

Avoid surgery and its risks and many complications

Regenerative treatment for rotator cuff is a, minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure, which gives patients an alternative to painful shoulder surgery and a lengthy recovery. The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and only takes 1-2 hours. No general anaesthesia is required, and most patients don’t need post-operative pain medication. Also, you can resume physical activity much faster than after invasive rotator cuff tear surgery.

Minimal post-procedural recovery time

One of the most time-consuming factors of any injury is not always the treatment itself, but the recovery time. With Regenerative therapies, there is far less risk involved than rotator cuff surgery and recovery time is much shorter compared to surgery.

No use of general anaesthesia

Do you get anxious at the thought of anaesthesia? Regenerative Therapy may be just what you need as it does not require the use of general anaesthesia. It provides a safe, increasingly effective non-surgical alternative to treating medical conditions using the body’s own natural ability to repair itself without the use of medication.

Same day procedure

After a comprehensive examination and review of your case, the Consultant advises a few blood tests & radio-imaging scans. These tests help to establish a baseline for your pre-existing condition. Based on the reports, the Consultant will decide which line of Regenerative Therapy is most suited to your case. In some cases, it may be a combination of more than one treatment protocol. For some patients, however, the complete procedure involves a series of injections in several treatment sessions.

Safe procedures with No risk of rejection and No communicable disease transmission

Your immune system has no reason to attack cells harvested from your body, hence there is no risk of rejection or cross-transmission of disease. Studies also show that there are no safety issues with fat-derived autologous (from self) cells, thus eliminating any risks of rejection.

Like with any injection, there is a little risk of infection at the sample collection site. We eliminate this risk by performing the procedure in a sterile environment.

Am I a Candidate for Regenerative Rotator Cuff Treatment?

In general, Regenerative Medica Pain Management Therapies can be utilised by anyone, regardless of age, race, or gender. However, to determine if you are the right candidate and will benefit the most from Regenerative treatment, you will need to schedule an appointment with our clinic. Our Consultant will review your medical records and determine if you are a suitable candidate for our Therapy. The choice of treatment is then at the discretion of the Consultant based on your unique case.

Do Regenerative treatments or therapies work?

Several studies published about Regenerative medicine demonstrate the efficacy of Regenerative treatments. At Medica Pain Management, we have been using the innovative Stem Cell Therapy for more than five years with excellent results. Our patients have testified to see a marked reduction in pain as well as improvement in cartilage quality. The trials concerning Regenerative therapies are widely published online (ex. on PubMed) and readily available for all to access. These treatments allow the body to heal and regenerate in ways that were impossible before. Regenerative technology provides a natural alternative to the use of medication and surgeries, which may be more harmful and invasive.

Regenerative therapy procedures are quickly becoming the first line of treatment for chronic pain, degenerative joint disease, like arthritis or osteoarthritis. With Regenerative Treatment, we provide you with a minimally invasive option to avoid invasive surgical repair and other various conditions. There are many Medica Stem Cell testimonials on our website from patients who have experienced significant improvements in their health for You to view.

What Can I Expect After Regenerative Therapy for Rotator Cuff Tears?

Regenerative Therapy only takes a 1-2 hours to complete. Being an outpatient procedure, it takes only a 1-2 hours to finish the treatment. We do not administer general anaesthesia during the procedure, and most of our patients don’t need post-operative pain medication. Patients will be able to go home almost immediately after the injection. Since this Therapy is an orthobiological treatment, it requires some time for the cells to restore the damaged areas the patients will not feel the effect of the injection immediately. Most of the patient’s experience reduced pain and improved mobility over time mostly, due to the strong anti-inflammatory effect and the growth factors associated with adult mesenchymal cells and SVF.

For the first few days after the treatment, you might experience mild discomfort at the injection site. But the pain is not restrictive, mild pain in the treatment area may persist for a day or two. The pain is mild and manageable with rest, and if needed, simple pain killers can be taken as advised by the Consultant.

Sports injuries or conditions may or may not require repeat treatment. Typically, it is best to wait 3-6 months before considering it.

Reviews of your progress may extend up to 6 months following the procedure. Reviews can be through clinic visits or for your ease by video/phone call.

During the period of follow up, you need to keep an accurate record of your progress. The follow-up session helps the Consultant to track your improvement. 

The outcome of the treatment and extent of improvement varies from one patient to another. The results mostly depend on the type and severity of the condition, age, etc.

Regenerative Therapy for Sport Injuries and Rotator Cuff Tears may help patients who don’t respond to typical drug treatment, want to reduce their reliance on medication, or are looking for safe alternatives to traditional treatment options. Regenerative treatments are not suitable for all conditions and all patients. The consultant will be able to advise if you are a suitable candidate.

Your first step to exploring your treatment options for Sport Injuries and Rotator Cuff Tears is scheduling a consultation with our Consultant. To do so call us on 020 8168 2000 or alternatively book a consultation online or request a call back today!