Rotator Cuff Repair

Regenexx procedures are non-surgical alternatives that use precise image-guided injections of your body’s own natural healing agents to treat shoulder injuries. These procedures utilize either platelet-rich plasma or your own bone marrow concentrate (contains stem cells) to help you avoid rotator cuff repair.

Rotator cuff tears are common as people get older. But a tear on your MRI doesn’t mean you’re destined for the operating table. Research demonstrates that 75% of rotator cuff repair surgeries offer no significant benefit over no surgery at all.1

Shoulder joint anatomy highlighting the rotator cuff
Rotator cuff – shoulder joint anatomy

Return to Daily Routine2 to 5 days6+ weeks
Return to Sports3 to 6 months1 year
RecoveryBrace, up to 6 weeks PTBrace, extensive, no driving, 3 to 6 months PT
Pain ManagementMostly over-the-counter pain medication (days)Prescription pain medication for weeks (weeks)
General AnesthesiaNoYes
Keep Your Rotator CuffYesNo

*Bone marrow concentrate which contains stem cells.

Regenexx Alternative to Shoulder Surgery

In many cases the answer is yes. Physical therapy can promote improved blood supply and strengthen the muscles of the rotator cuff. A 2014 study determined that, upon one year of follow-up, physical therapy was equally effective to rotator cuff surgery in terms of regaining physical strength and range of motion in study participants (55 years of age or older).2

Regenexx procedures can be a better alternative for people looking to avoid surgery, lengthy recovery, and overuse of prescription pain medication. Once you’ve been evaluated, your physician will customize a treatment plan based on your specific needs.

Am I a candidate?

Rotator cuff surgery recovery time is extensive and can take anywhere from six months to a year to completely heal.3 Significant pain and intense physical therapy are generally part of surgery recovery. 

Regenexx procedures are nonsurgical alternatives to rotator cuff surgery and can offer significant benefits over the typical surgical repair of torn rotator cuffs:

  • Does not involve invasive surgery.
  • No extensive downtime for most patients.
  • Minimal time away from work.
  • Significant postprocedure pain reduction.
  • Improved function of the shoulder joint.

Take a look at the outcomes of two of our patients who chose to have a Regenexx procedure for rotator cuff repair instead of surgery.

Scroll the arrow to the right to see the MRI of the rotator cuff before the treatment and to the left to see the outcome. The BEFORE shows a torn rotator cuff. The arrow points at a gap where the tendon should be. Once treated, the area will look like a dark band going diagonally, as seen on the AFTER.

Rotator cuff tear MRI – Patient 1

Rotator cuff tear MRI – Patient 2

Visual representation of regenerative medicine

Webinar: Alternatives to Rotator Cuff Surgery

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