The pain from any of these issues experienced may lead to depression, as individuals are limited with their ability to play with kids or grandkids, excel in sports, work regularly or simply get through the day adequately. Unfortunately, most traditional treatment options lead to short term pain relief and only act as a “band aid” for the problem.
As an example, cortisone injections have been in existence for over 50 years. Unfortunately, insurance companies consider them to be a gold standard. Many studies have shown that steroid injections only provide short term relief, typically a few weeks. In addition, there is a significant amount of evidence to show that cortisone is actually harmful to cartilage! (The Deterioration of Articular Cartilage in Osteoarthritis by Corticosteroid Injections,Journal of Prolotherapy. 2009).
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, known as NSAIDs for short, may be very helpful for painrelief. Unfortunately, they don’t actually change the healing process. When taken over a long period of time or in excess of the manufacturer’s recommended dosage, NSAIDs may lead to a GI problem such as an ulcer, or a kidney failure issue. Over 100,000 hospitalizations occur annually due to GI related complications.
Physical therapy may help considerably with shoulder pain. This may include participation at a formal setting or with a home program.
Opiates are often prescribed for chronic shoulder pain, and this has
very significant risks. Chronic constipation may occur along with drug tolerance, which means higher dosage is required for the same pain relief effect. The biggest risk is addiction, which is an ever increasing problem in the US.
Thankfully, better options are now available for treating chronic shoulder pain! Stem Cell Recruitment TherapyTM is now available, which has been revolutionary technology for assisting one’s own body with repair and regeneration. The amniotic fluid injections are safe, quick procedures that are covered by most insurance and have been shown to be very effective for long term pain relief for majority of patients.
Amniotic fluid contains a plethora of growth factors and cytokines, which harness one’s body’s innate capability for repair and regeneration of damaged tissue. The amniotic fluid allograft is FDA Regulated and is ethically obtained from consenting donors after a scheduled c-section. No harm occurs to baby or mother.
Studies looking at the results for joint pain relief with using amniotic allograft have been extremely favorable. Over 90% of patients achieve dramatic pain relief for over six months or more (AAPMR 2017).