Why Rotator Cuff Injuries Are So Common in Athletes (and Why Surgery May Not Be the Best Option)
There is nothing that showcases the abilities of the human body quite like that of an athlete. It can throw a baseball 100 miles per hour. It can swim across an entire lake. It can not only serve a tennis ball at incredible speeds – it can also return it back, and be ready to hit it again and again.
Athletes are prime examples of the amazing abilities of the human body. But they also use their body to its absolute limits, and any time you exert your body frequently and forcefully, you have the potential to develop injury. One common injury that affects numerous athletes is the rotator cuff injury.
How Rotator Cuff Injuries Happen
The rotator cuff is located right inside of your shoulder. It is the group of tendons and muscles that control the movement between your shoulder and your arm, and allow you to do things like reach for items on the top shelf, hug someone close to you, and more.
Your rotator cuff is designed to move. Yet depending on the type of movement, the muscle can become inflamed. When it’s inflamed it can come into contact with the bone inside of the shoulder, and if that happens it may start to fray. While sports are not the only cause of rotator cuff injuries, they are especially common with athletes because athletes:
- Make more overhand movements (baseball, tennis, etc.)
- Spend less time recovering.
- Move faster and harder than the human body is used to moving.
Rotator cuff injuries can cause serious pain to the shoulder. It can also take a long time to heal, especially because you often need to continue using your arm and shoulder, which can lead to further fraying and damage. Surgery has long been the most common treatment for rotator cuff injuries because it allows the doctor to go in and fix the tendons and muscles directly.
But surgery is also not preferable. Surgery carries risks. It is expensive. There is also a long recovery time. Studies have also shown that the failure rate of these surgeries is high, meaning those that continue to move their shoulders could end up with further damage.
Stem Cells for Rotator Cuff Injuries
An alternative to surgery that studies have shown is very effective for rotator cuff injuries is stem cell therapy. The doctor places mesenchymal stem cells into the rotator cuff area. Once there, the stem cells increase the amount of fibrocartilage, and reduce the risk of tears and tendonitis.
Stem cells have become an effective alternative to rotator cuff surgery, with less recovery time and a more affordable price. To find out more about these unique and effective option for shoulder injuries, contact Ortho Stem Cell Atlanta at (678) 841-7057.