When stem cell therapy did not work for your shoulder osteoarthritis

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion complication and risks

Ross Hauser, MD

In this article, we will examine the shoulder that is in the process of dying and in need of replacement. This is a shoulder with osteoarthritis damage, instability, and weakness.

Our website is filled with articles and research on shoulder problems. Usually these article center around a specific diagnosis such as Rotator Cuff TendinopathySlap lesions of the shoulderFrozen Shoulder – Adhesive CapsulitisThe glenoid labrumSnapping Scapula SyndromeBone Spurs in the Shoulder, Acromioclavicular joint instability and osteoarthritis, and other problems.

In this article we will discuss Shoulder pathology in osteoarthritis as a “whole joint,” or “whole organ failure”, that leads to your shoulder dying.

The loose ligaments and tendons of a wobbly, hypermobile shoulder. The culprits of failed stem cell therapy.

But in the end, we find that the treatments these patients received could not maintain the repair needed in a knee that swims in a toxic soup of inflammation born from knee instability caused by unnatural shear forces and destructive joint motion.

In other words, the loose ligaments and tendons of a wobbly, hypermobile knee, which causes advanced degenerative wear and chronic inflammation, were not treated.

The stem cell therapy these people received tried to patch a hole in the cartilage. The comprehensive stem cell Prolotherapy treatment they should have explored seeks to patch a hole in cartilage and prevent it from returning by stabilizes the knee’s ligament and tendon support structure.

The cartilage would have a chance to repair if the destructive motion of the knee that created the hole and the bone on bone situation was fixed too.

Before we get further into this discussion, people need to know that despite the best intention of a surgeon, many joint replacements do not work. Despite the best intention of conservative care, hyaluronic acidcortisone injectionsanti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy do not always work.

Is saying your shoulder is dying an exaggerated or overly dramatic statement? Let’s explore some new research and then you can decide.

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This is September 2017 from researchers at Hallym University Medical Center in South Korea published in the Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery.1 Here are the highlights:

Comment: Messages from within the joint are many, panicked, causing confusion evidenced by heightened shoulder pain. The messages are in essence an SOS for a sinking ship and a dying shoulder.

Oxidative Stress and “degenerative treatments”

In our 25 years experience in seeing patients with chronic joint and back pain, one of the biggest challenges we face is treating a patient who has had long-term conservative care that included what we call “degenerative treatments.” Degenerative treatments cause oxidative stress in joints.

Here are two examples of degenerative treatments and one-side effect.

Continue on with your research by reading our article How stem cells heal degenerative joint disease after years of cortisone and painkillers

If you have questions about your shoulder pain, you can get help and information form our  Caring Medical staff.

1 Noh KC, Park SH, Yang CJ, Lee GW, Kim MK, Kang YH. Involvement of synovial matrix degradation and angiogenesis in oxidative stress–exposed degenerative rotator cuff tears with osteoarthritis. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2017 Sep 28.

2. Zhang JM, An J. Cytokines, inflammation and pain. International anesthesiology clinics. 2007;45(2):27.

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