Shoulder pain can arise from many different structures. If shoulder pain prevents you from completing daily activities, you may be considering surgical intervention. Shoulder surgery can be challenging due to the complexity of the joint and can involve a lengthy recovery with significant risks for complications. Other treatment options may only mask the pain temporarily or require long term pain management treatments that can be harmful to your body or restrict your mobility.
At Derrington Orthopedics – Interventional Sports and Spine, we encourage our patients to consider Regenexx procedures as an alternative to shoulder surgery to alleviate pain and improve function with minimally invasive injections, shorter recovery periods, and no need for long term pain medication.
Rotator Cuff Tear
At Derrington Orthopedics – Interventional Sports and Spine, we believe surgery should only be considered as the last treatment option once all other options have been exhausted. We are proud to offer a variety of non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment options to patients who experience rotator cuff tears.
A rotator cuff tear is a rip in one or more of the tendons that stabilize your shoulder and help you move your arm. Tears can range in size from small areas of fraying of the tendon to a complete tear with retraction of the tendon.
These injuries are common with overuse of the shoulder joint, but can also occur from an trauma such as a fall or lifting a heavy object incorrectly. Though this is a common injury and the tear may be significant, it does not mean surgery is the only option.
Patients who suffer from a rotator cuff tear may consider surgery for pain relief, but surgery is shown to be ineffective for many patients, with 1 in 3 patients not completely healing and up to 60% of patients experiencing retears! Surgery should only be considered after all other treatment options have proven ineffective.
Our non-surgical treatment options have proven effective in using the body’s natural healing ability to reduce pain and restore proper function of your shoulder. We recommend patients undergo a consultation at Derrington Orthopedics to obtain an accurate and complete diagnosis of their rotator cuff injury and determine the best treatment options for their condition.
Shoulder Labrum Tear
The labrum is a thick piece of cartilage attached to the rim of the shoulder socket helping to keep the joint in place, like a rubber gasket. A labrum tear can occur anywhere around the rim, including where the bicep tendon attaches to the tissue.
The labrum is located deep within the shoulder and can make it difficult to diagnose in a single examination. Often multiple tests and scans are performed to determine the kind of tear and the best treatment options. Treatments will vary depending on the type of tear and how large of a tear it is.
Due to the depth of the labrum within your shoulder, surgery is often discouraged due to the lengthy recovery and the common side effect of limited function and mobility afterward. For patients who experience pain from a shoulder labral tear, we recommend a Percutaneous Labralplasty procedure, which uses precise imaging guidance to inject your own healing cells into the damaged area to help stabilize the ligaments as they heal.
It is estimated that 25% of Americans experience shoulder osteoarthritis, a form of degenerative joint disease, where cartilage breaks down. This causes friction to develop in the joint, often resulting in pain and reducing your mobility and function in the shoulder.
The shoulder is a very complex joint and shoulder replacement surgery is not often a good option due to the lengthy recovery and risk of complications. Instead, many offices focus on treating pain through the use of steroid injections that can kill whatever cartilage is left.
For our patients who experience shoulder osteoarthritis, we offer Percutaneous Shoulder Arthroplasty. During this procedure, our physicians use precise imaging guidance to inject custom healing agents into the damaged area to stimulate the soft tissues to heal while stabilizing your shoulder for better function and mobility. Often performed as an outpatient procedure, this alternative treatment option requires less downtime, reduces your need for reliance on pain medication, and helps you remain active in life.