Stem Cells Therapy
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Rotator Cuff or Shoulder Labrum Tear

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The shoulder joint is one of the strongest joints in the body and is a critical joint for many every day activities such as washing and brushing your hair, driving your car and eating. Two of the most common shoulder injuries:

  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior Tear (SLAP)

Stem cell therapy, at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute, can eliminate the need for invasive shoulder surgery.

Common Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries are common sport and work-related injuries due to repetitive movements. Most shoulder pain involves the muscles, ligaments, cartilage and tendons. Two of the most common injuries are:

  1.  Rotator cuff tear 
  2.  Superior labrum anterior and posterior tear.

Rotator Cuff Tear

  • The rotator cuff are the muscles and tendons that keep the bones of the shoulder joint together.
  • The group of muscles and tendons surround the shoulder joint, keeping the ball of your upper arm in the shoulder socket.
  • The rotator cuff allows you to lift your arm and reach above your head.
  • Repetitive motion and age are both risk factors for developing a rotator cuff tear.
  • Following a rotator cuff teat, a person may not get full shoulder function again.

Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior Tear

  • A SLAP tear or lesion is an injury to the glenoid labrum, where the bicep tendon is attached.
  • SLAP tears are common injuries in sports requiring an overhead throwing motion such a baseball and tennis.
  • Common symptoms include:
  • A dull, throbbing ache in the joint
  • Difficulty sleeping due to shoulder discomfort
  • Loss of strength

Are You a Candidate for Stem Cell Therapy?

Ask Yourself the Following Questions:

  1. Is my shoulder stiff?
  2. Can I rotate my arm normally?
  3. Does my shoulder feel like it could pop or slide out of the socket?
  4. Have I lost strength in my shoulder?
  5. Do I have difficulty with everyday activities?
  6. Have I been told that steroid injections or surgery are my only treatment options?

Why Should I Consider Stem Cell Therapy?

Traditional treatment options include steroid injections and then surgery. Surgery is the only treatment that can provide a long-term solution but recovery can be difficult and take a year or more, also there can be serious surgery related complications.

Stem cells are a type of undifferentiated cell that are able to differentiate into specialized cell types. Stem cells can be guided into becoming a specific type of cell allowing physicians trained in the field of regenerative medicine to use stem cells to repair diseased or damage tissue.

How can stem cell therapy improve the symptoms of shoulder injuries?

The goal of stem cell therapy is to stimulate self-healing, improve function, reduce pain and improve the patient’s quality of life. Reasons to choose stem cell therapy instead of surgery include:

  • Non-invasive
  • Stem cell therapy promotes self-healing
  • Stem cell therapy is less invasive than surgery
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less down time
  • Less pain and a more rapid improvement of symptoms
  • No need for pain medication
  • No lengthy rehabilitation or time off of work

At the Stem Cells Transplant Institute, we use adult mesenchymal stem cells derived from the patients own adipose tissue and bone marrow.

Mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to:

  • Promote self-healing
  • Repair or replace bone or cartilage tissue
  • Have potent anti-inflammatory capabilities
  • Modulate abnormal immune system responses
  • Prevent additional premature cell and tissue damage
  • Reduce scarring
  • Stimulate new blood vessel growth improving blood flow

The experts at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute use image guidance to place the stem cells and platelet rich plasma from your body into the specific area of damage. The new cells work directly at the site of injury to replace and repair the damaged tissue.

What is the treatment protocol for shoulder injuries at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute?

The Stem Cells Transplant Institute uses autologous mesenchymal stem cells or umbilical cord stem cells for the treatment of degenerative disc disease.

Treatment includes:

  1. 1cc vial of mesenchymal stem cells
  2. Antioxidant therapy with vitamin C and glutathione
  3. Ozone therapy
  4. Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP)

Rejection is not an issue for either umbilical cord stem cells or autologous adipose or bone marrow derived stem cells

Both types of stem cells have anti-inflammatory activity, immune modulating capabilities and can stimulate cell regeneration. You and your physician can decide on the best treatment option based on your age, symptoms, and treatment expectations.

How are the stem cells collected?

Umbilical cord stem cells

We use only umbilical cord stem cells that are derived exclusively from umbilical cord donations. 

The umbilical cord stem cells from are collected after informed consent has been given by the parent, or parents, and only after the delivery of the baby.

The collection follows strict ethical protocols ensuring the stem cells are from safe, reliable sources using a non-invasive, simple and painless procedure. Once collected, the cord blood is then screened for disease.

Autologous adipose and bone marrow stem cells

On the day of the procedure, under local anesthesia and sterile conditions, a small sample of bone marrow is removed from the hip and a small of amount of adipose tissue (fat) is removed from the abdomen.

How are the stem cells administered?

Stem cells are administered directly into the affected joint

What is the recovery time?

Recovery following stem cell therapy is significantly shorter and less painful than recovery following surgery. Most patients can return to work within 1-2 days following the procedure.

Most patients do not require physical therapy

Returning to sports activities will depend on the severity of the injury, but most patients are able to return to their regular workouts within 4-12 weeks.

About the Stem Cells Transplant Institute

Costa Rica has one of the best healthcare systems in world and is ranked among the highest for medical tourism.

Using the most advanced technologies, the team of experts at The Stem Cells Transplant Institute believes in the potential of stem cell therapy for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases including rotator cuff or shoulder labrum tears.

We are committed to providing personalized service and the highest quality of care to every patient.