PRP Therapy for Rotator Cuff Pain
A torn rotator cuff is a common injury for certain types of athletes and workers. Some activities, like swinging a tennis racquet, pitching a softball, or painting a house, require the shoulder to move in the same way, over and over again. This increases the chances of a rotator cuff injury.
When you tear your rotator cuff, you are left with a disabling injury, and residual pain that can take several months, or sometimes years, to fully heal. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a new treatment that can speed up your recovery time, and bring you back to full strength, without the hassle of surgery.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a type of biotherapy and a form of regenerative medicine. It uses products created by your own body to enhance natural healing and regenerate damaged tissue.
PRP therapy reduces rotator cuff pain, and improves shoulder function and mobility by healing the underlying rotator cuff tear. It’s a safe, effective, nonsurgical treatment that works from the inside out.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection
A PRP injection takes about an hour, and can be done right here in the clinic. Most injuries can be cleared up in just 3-4 appointments.
At your appointment, your doctor will draw your blood. Your blood will be transferred to a centrifuge, where it will be spun at a high speed to create a high concentration of platelets. These are the blood cells which are responsible for clotting and wound healing. This mixture will be re-injected into the torn tissue, where it will stimulate your body’s natural immune response.
What is Advanced Plasma Protein (APP)?
APP is our trademarked PRP formula. It contains a lower volume of white blood cells, which can damage the lining of the joints. APP is also mixed with a proprietary blend of biological proteins, specially designed to stop joint degeneration and boost cartilage production.
Signs of an Injured Rotator Cuff
You may not always realize when you’ve injured your rotator cuff. The rotator cuff can be partially torn – meaning the tendon is frayed – or it could be completely torn through, or pulled off the bone.
You may have a torn rotator cuff if:
- Your shoulder feels weak
- It’s difficult to raise your arm, or lift things as you normally would
- Certain arm movements are painful
- You hear popping noises from your shoulder when you move your arm
Is a torn rotator cuff serious?
If you think you’ve torn the rotator cuff, you should get it checked out right away. The longer you wait to treat it, the more likely you will develop a more serious condition, like frozen shoulder or arthritis.
Platelet-Rich Plasma for Rotator Cuff Treatment at Nuvo Spine
The pain of a rotator cuff injury can last for several months, and may even linger for years. At Nuvo Spine, we understand how tricky these injuries can be to treat, and how frustrating it can be to deal with while on the job, or just doing the activities you love.
Our goal is to get you back to a pain-free life. Our board-certified physician is an expert in advanced, minimally-invasive techniques that target soft tissue injuries. You will receive a comprehensive physical assessment and a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Call our offices for a free consultation today.