What do you do if you have a full thickness rotator cuff tear and are a medical professional with a practice full of patients that depend on you? Rotator cuff tear recovery time becomes a critical issue, as you simply can’t afford to take a couple of months off at home eating bon bons in a rotator cuff brace. How about if you’re a dentist with a rotator cuff tear and have to maintain odd positions with your shoulder for hours at a time while attaining millimeter dexterity in someone’s mouth? You turn to the world’s first rotator cuff stem cell injection procedure, Regenexx-SD. This means that you may not have to get any shoulder surgery at all.
We’ve been running a patient registry since 2005. This means that we track each patient and send standardized outcome questionnaires at set time points. It’s sometimes tough to get patients to keep responding after awhile, so we give out a free iPad mini every month to a pool of patients who do respond. AK was a 57 year old dentist who I first evaluated in November of 2010 who had a full thickness, non-retracted rotator cuff tear. She was treated with the Regenexx-SD procedure which involved the highly precise injection of her own stem cells into the shoulder rotator cuff tear under ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance. When she found out about being this month’s iPad mini winner, here’s what she said:
“OMG!!!!! Jennifer! I am so grateful and happy that I was picked! But the true miracle is how I feel, after this amazing procedure that I had done 3 years ago! I will be forever in debt with you, because my life change after I went to your clinic! I can do Dentistry 8 hours a day without pain or any restrictions. Thank you Dr Centeno and staff! Merry Christmas to you all!!!!”
We see quite a few healthcare professionals like doctors, dentists, nurses, and physical therapists, mostly because of our decade long track record, scientific publications, and dedication to things like an expensive patient registry. In addition, the much quicker recovery time of a stem cell injection over major surgery is a big plus.
The upshot? Why go through all of that recovery time if you don’t have to? As you know, I’ve been pouring over our 2013 registry data this past month. So far, the rotator cuff tear data from our registry is excellent. We’re just getting some patients who haven’t responded or been motivated by an iPad to get their outcome questionnaires back. Once that’s done, I should get this data published next week. It’s seeing these results that prompted us to fund a randomized controlled trial for rotator cuff tear patients that’s recruiting now.