Anyone who has suffered from osteoarthritis (OA) in the shoulder understands its debilitating nature. Loss of your range of motion is frustrating, especially when it limits your everyday activities. Something as simple as brushing your hair becomes impossible. Add to that the constant discomfort of pain that ebbs and flows with the changing of the weather, stress and other factors. Living with shoulder OA is by no means easy.
Treating Severe OA Shoulder Pain
There are a variety of treatments for OA pain including rest, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or aspirin, physical therapy and exercises, to name a few. You can also get steroid injections to reduce the inflammation as well hyaluronic acid injections. These injections provide lubrication for the shoulder joint to prevent bone from rubbing against bone.
Regenerative medicine shows promise with stem cell therapy. Some OA patients have avoided shoulder joint replacement surgery thanks to this treatment. Presently, this is not a common mode of treatment; however, Dr. Struhl is one of a select group of physicians who specialize in stem cell therapy.
While traditional methods treat the symptoms of OA shoulder pain, stem cell therapy is unique in that it promotes healing as it naturally decreases inflammation. The growth factors present in stem cells have regenerative properties.
Because the stem cells are harvested from your body, there is little chance of rejection. Stem cell therapy reduces pain and the results are long lasting, unlike injections and medicines that need to be administered when symptoms reoccur. In fact, most patients who are given stem cell therapy benefit from treatment. Patients living with arthritis experience pain relief that can last years.
Stem cell therapy is still being researched in its application as an alternative to more invasive modes of treatment. However, studies are proving it to be a viable alternative to shoulder replacement for many patients.
Contact our office to find out more about this cutting-edge treatment for OA shoulder pain.