Shoulder pain can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from neck pain because it is pain that occurs in and around the shoulder joints. Shoulders are the most movable joints in the body because they connect to the arms and torso. If there is shoulder pain occurring, that is usually a result of injury or disease, affecting the shoulder joints.
Common Injury Symptoms and Causes
Rotator Cuff Tears – This injury occurs when one of the four main muscle and tendon groups that are responsible for lifting and supporting your shoulder are damaged. In severe cases, muscles and tendons may tear completely from the bone.
Shoulder Degeneration – More commonly known as osteoarthritis, degeneration of the shoulder joint can occur from overuse or old age. This degenerative condition must be treated to help slow or stop damage.
Labrum Tears – The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. These bones are surrounded by a ring of soft connective tissue, which is called the labrum. Tearing of this tissue can cause pain or the ball joint of the shoulder to slip out of place.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is a newer treatment being used for osteoarthritis. Platelets are small blood cells with granules that contain growth and clotting factors; these blood cells are released during the healing process. The inflammatory cascade and healing process is sped up when the platelets are activated and when the granules with the growing factors are released. This procedure is usually done by drawing blood from your arm and injecting it in the shoulder area, where the damage is.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem-cell therapy repairs damaged tissues by harnessing the powers of undifferentiated cells that form all other cells in the body. Amniotic stem cells are isolated from a full-term birth amniotic fluid donor and injected into the shoulder, where the damage is. Platelet-Rich Plasma can also be utilized with stem cell therapy to accelerate the healing process.
The benefits of stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma injections are that you are using your own body’s cells for treatment, therefore there is no change of rejection. Also, it provides long lasting relief of the chronic joint pain.
Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) & function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Learn more.