Sunday, August 6, 2017

Shoulder Performance: Eliminate Pain, Regain Strength & Range of Motion

Shoulder Performance: Eliminate Pain, Regain Strength & Range of Motion
Did you know that more than 7.5 million people go to doctor’s offices each year for shoulder problems? And-did you know that more than 50% have a rotator cuff problem! Shoulder injuries are frequently caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as swimming, tennis, baseball pitching, and weightlifting.  Shoulder injuries can easily happen while performing construction work that involves lifting over your head or even with everyday activities like washing windows, hanging curtains, and gardening. All of these activities share movements and repetitive stress that can contribute to degenerative, chronic or acute rotator cuff injury. If you experience a single isolated traumatic event like a skiing or snowboarding fall and land on an outstretched arm, you know how the shoulder injury occurred. But for the majority of athletes or sports players it is the repetition of the same motion over and over again-pitching, serving or long distance crawl strokes-that just causes the rotator cuff to slowly degenerate and tear.

What we know is that the recovery time and rehabilitation from shoulder surgery can be lengthy, uncomfortable and can still result in weakness and lack of performance for athletes. Even when rotator cuff tear repair is successful, patients often report that they still suffer from pain and a loss of flexibility and are just unable to reach their desired performance levels in sports and athletic activities.

Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine for Shoulder & Rotator Cuff Injuries
By using highly targeted regenerative orthopedic medicine treatments that might include stem cell and platelet rich plasma injections (PRP) directly into the rotator cuff tendons, it is possible to restore the rotator cuff to normal function. Growth factors in these regenerative injections facilitate the non-operative removal and repair of damaged tissue which allows the rotator cuff muscles to strengthen. As a result, you can often return to the normal range of motion and flexibility experienced before the rotator cuff tear occurred. These are same-day procedures done in as little as an hour causing minimal discomfort and virtually no down time.  Often patients experience decreased symptoms within one week but the full effect takes 2-3 months.

Drive the Body’s Power, Return to ‘Body Strong’

To get help for shoulder pain, restore should strength and range of motion or learn more about Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine treatments including stem cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections for rotator cuff tears, schedule a consultation with Daniel Southern, M.D. by calling 203-702-6629 or visiting, Google+,