Shoulder Conditions

Shoulder conditions encompass a range of injuries and ailments affecting the shoulder joint, muscles, and tendons. These conditions can include rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement, dislocations, and arthritis, often resulting in pain, limited mobility, and decreased quality of life.

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Why You Might Want to Avoid Rotator Cuff Surgery

Earlier this month I presented the almost final data from our randomized controlled trial on shoulder rotator cuff tears at a large national conference on orthobiologics. The research will soon be submitted for publication, but you’ll get the first look at our data here. Let’s dig in. The Problem with Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tears and…read more

How Often Are Rotator Cuff Tears Asymptomatic?

Your shoulder begins to hurt, and your doctor orders an MRI that shows tears in the rotator cuff. This is definitely causing your shoulder pain, right?  Not necessarily. Let’s dig in. The Rotator Cuff Your shoulder has muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint called the rotator cuff. These are the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis,…read more

The Critical Upper Body Suspension System

What connects your arms to your body? While that may sound like a crazy question that you really don’t need to know the answer to at this point, it’s actually a bigger deal than you might realize. Why? because like your car, the “suspension” system for your upper body can get misaligned or damaged and…read more

Which Regenexx Procedures Fail the Most?

In the Wild West of stem cells, most of what you see are either fictional outcomes that are really customer satisfaction surveys or testimonials by social media influencers. One thing you never see is anything like today’s blog where a company offering orthobiologic treatments discusses its failures. So let’s dig into this topic. Real Procedures…read more

Another One Bites the Dust: Surgery for AC Separation

There isn’t a month that goes by that if you’re looking, yet another orthopedic surgery sacred cow bites the dust. This one involving AC separation for me is personal. Let dive in. What Is the AC Joint? AC stands for Acromioclavicular. This is the joint between the clavicle (collar bone) and the front extension of…read more

Does a Partial Rotator Cuff Tear Get Bigger Over Time?

If you have a small rotator cuff tear, will it get bigger over time? This is a critical issue as we have many patients who put off getting their shoulder treated for years. So what is their risk? Let’s dig in. The Shoulder Rotator Cuff Your shoulder has four muscles that stabilize the joint and…read more

Shoulder Labrum Surgery Alternative For Faster Recovery

Shoulder surgery recovery can be a nightmare. Pain, months spent in a pillow immobilizer, and months more of rehab. Plus, what many patients don’t know, is that research has shown that surgery for a torn shoulder labrum isn’t all that successful.1,2 Here’s the story of one of our patients who chose to have stem cell…read more

Shoulder Labral Tear Surgery Pros and Cons

Quick links: What is a shoulder labral tear? What are the causes of labral tears? What is shoulder instability? How is a labral tear related to shoulder instability? What happens if you have shoulder instability after labral tear surgery? I evaluated a patient this week who shows off the warts of our modern orthopedic care…read more
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