Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy for Rotator Cuff Injury
Injury to the rotator cuff is perhaps one of the worst things that could ever happen to a pitcher, a tennis player or any of the other athletes. When the rotator cuff is torn, this can be devastating, so devastating that it can end a professional athlete’s career. But what exactly is it?
What is referred to as the rotator cuff is actually part of a group of muscles and tendons that are found around the upper part of the arm, the top of the humerus off the shoulder and above the elbow.
The combination of these tendons and muscles forms a cuff, which keeps the arm in its position and as a result makes it easier for you to move your arm in whichever direction that you please. The shoulder is actually one of the most mobile parts of the body, basically because of all the movement that it undergoes every other day. However, it is one of the weakest parts of the body. If you are to exert too much pressure on it, this can bring about partial tear or swelling within the tendons in this cuff.
Who is most at risk of rotator cuff tear?
While anyone is at risk of getting a torn rotator cuff, there are athletes that are normally at a higher risk than others. Some of these are:
- Tennis players
- Badminton players
- Baseball players, and in particular pitchers
- Cricket players
Other than these athletes, any normal person is also at risk of a torn rotator cuff. This can happen when you are unlucky enough to:
- Fall down and land on your shoulders
- Lift heavy stuff
- Use your arm in an attempt to break your fall
What are the symptoms of a torn rotator cuff?
The following are some of the common symptoms that can indicate whether you have a rotator cuff or not.
- A lot of pain in your arms and shoulders. The pain will also tend to vary depending on the intensity of the tear
- A tender or an incredibly weak shoulder
- Inability to move the shoulder freely, especially when you are trying to raise your hand over your head
- Crackling sound when you are moving your shoulder
- Discomfort, leading to inability to sleep on your shoulder as you normally do
It is important to note that rotator cuff tears barely ever happen all of a sudden. This tear happens gradually. However, in isolated cases, it can be drastic and sudden, in which case you will feel intense pain and some weakness in your arms.
Where does amniotic stem cell therapy come in?
Just as is the case with other forms of joint pain and things like arthritis, rotator cuff tear is all about degeneration of tissue and muscle around the location of the shoulder. With the help of amniotic stem cells however, you are able to get the appropriate therapy to help your body regenerate the necessary cells and tissue around the torn cuff.