Shoulder pain from any cause can be a debilitating experience. For many people, the pain in their shoulder may come from an injury to the rotator cuff tendons. The pain and disability can be so significant that they are unable to sleep or work for any length of time. The good news is there are nonsurgical options like regenerative medicine that have been shown in clinical research to significantly reduce pain and increase function without surgery.
Shoulder Pain? Come to where the research is done! Click the slide for our most recent rotator cuff study.
Don Buford, MD will be presenting this research study next at the 2021 ARMI Spring Conference. In the study, patients with shoulder pain from rotator cuff tears were treating with cellular therapy (bone marrow concentrate) in a single in office injection. 2 years later, patients still had 80% pain reduction and were 84% better (SANE score) by their own report.
More level 1 evidence that PRP is as good or better than a steroid injection for rotator cuff tendinopathy.
Even Low Dose PRP is as good or better than a steroid shot!
There is a new level 1 study the the Journal of Arthroscopy comparing steroid and PRP injections for partial thickness rotator cuff tears.
Here is another example of how we use Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in an orthopedic surgery practice to minimize the need for surgery. Our patient had shoulder impingement and pain for 2-3 months before seeing us. We put him on a rehab program and did a subacromial steroid injection. Unfortunately that did not work over the next 4-6 weeks. Traditionally, he would now be considered for a subacromial decompression…an arthroscopic surgical procedure that requires some rehab and “downtime” to recover. Instead, were did a subacromial PRP injection, using his own blood in a 30 minute ultrasound guided office procedure, and within the next 2 months he was pain free.
These MRIs are from patient #17 in our ongoing study. At 6 months his cuff tear is smaller…he is having no pain and is back to all activities. We are following patients for a full year in this study. We need 4 more patients to complete our enrollment of 25.
This patient has a 50% tear of the supraspinatus tendon. He was treated with a single ultrasound guided injection of autologous bone marrow derived stem cells from a posterior iliac crest marrow aspiration done in the office under local anesthesia.
The Dallas PRP and Stem Cell Center has now enrolled 16 patients in a study to determine if an office based bone marrow derived stem cell injection can help a partial thickness rotator cuff tendon heal. The study is expected to enroll a total of 25 patients who will be followed for 1 year after the stem cell treatment.
or the last 1.5 years we have been doing an in office study looking at trying to get partial thickness rotator cuff tendons to heal with a single injection of bone marrow derived stem cells. We are enrolling 25 patients and this is the procedure video from #21 done today! If you think you might be a candidate for one of the last 4 spots call our office at 214-385-4861 or -4860. There is no cost to be in the study.