Shoulder pain may be sudden and severe when you suffer an injury, or it can begin as a mild ache that gradually worsens and leads to arm weakness. No matter how it occurs, shoulder pain signals an underlying condition that needs treatment to prevent ongoing instability. Keith Smigiel, FNP-C, DC, FIAMA, at ReGen Pain & Wellness specializes in regenerative medicine and functional rehabilitation, providing customized therapies that accelerate healing and restore optimal function. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Scottsdale, Arizona, or use the online booking feature.
Your shoulder joint is stabilized by the rotator cuff, which is a group of four muscles and their associated tendons. The rotator cuff is also responsible for holding your upper arm bone in the joint while supporting the full range of motion.
Everyday wear and tear alone eventually takes a toll on these muscles. They’re even more likely to become injured if you engage in work or athletic activities that require repetitive arm movements.
These are a few of the most common causes of shoulder pain:
Arthritis can develop in the shoulder joint where the collarbone meets the shoulder blade, as well as in the joint formed where your upper arm joins the shoulder blade.
Treatment for shoulder pain usually begins by modifying your activities so that the muscles have time to heal. Physical therapy followed by functional rehabilitation are important aspects of your treatment because they help you rebuild muscle strength and restore the full range of motion, and prevent future injuries. Dr. Smigiel may also recommend chiropractic care or regenerative procedures.
Dr. Smigiel may recommend regenerative procedures that accelerate healing, such as:
PRP consists of blood plasma with a high concentration of platelets. Platelets contain growth factors, which are essential for healing because they recruit stem cells to the area, trigger the production of new tissues, and reduce inflammation. Dr. Smigiel produces PRP in the office from a sample of your blood, and then injects the concentrated platelets directly at the site of your shoulder pain.
Stem cells build and maintain your body through their unique ability to continuously self-replicate and produce a new cell that can develop into numerous types of tissues. However, many of the benefits of stem cells come from their exosomes.
Exosomes are tiny sacs containing substances like DNA and other proteins that communicate with cells and trigger specific cellular activities. When Dr. Smigiel injects exosomes into your damaged shoulder, they promote healing by stimulating cellular regeneration.
If you suffer from shoulder pain, you can find relief by calling ReGen Pain & Wellness or by scheduling an appointment online.