Stem Cell Numbers and Shoulder Partial Rotator Cuff Tear / Tendinosis
MS is a 58 yo female who had a partial rotator cuff tear in her left shoulder and shoulder tendenosis (swollen tendon) in her other shoulder. She had a several year history of left shoulder pain and neck pain with more recent pain in her right shoulder. Her loss of range of motion in the left shoulder was severe, what could be described as “adhesive capsilitis” or frozen shoulder. MS was a peri-menopausal female, so she didn’t grow allot of cells in culture, so her left shoulder injection was only accomplished with about 3 million cells, similar to the amount of cells that may be achievable with our Regenexx-SD or same day procedure. She then had multiple platelet booster shots in both shoulders under imaging guidance into the joint and into the rotator cuff tears. Today the patient reports 100% relief of pain and return to many of her activities with both shoulders. She has gained ROM in the left shoulder and is still working on range of motion exercises. This case illustrates that high cell number is likely not needed for partial rotator cuff tears and that this patient’s cell injection number is similar to what we believe we can achieve with the Regenexx-SD or same surgical procedure injection. In addition, note the patient had no surgery, no time spent immobilized in a blue pillow, and no serious downtime with these injections.