Treatment For Torn Rotator Cuff Without Surgery

Regenexx’s outpatient procedures use custom concentrations of your body’s natural healing agents to treat rotator cuff tears without surgery. Treatments use only your own blood to make super-concentrated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or your own bone marrow concentrate (BMC), which contains stem cells.

Downtime is a fraction of what it is with surgery and generally requires little or no need for opioid pain medications or time off of work.

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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).

Regenexx procedures can be a better alternative for people looking to avoid surgery, lengthy recovery, and overuse of prescription pain medication.

Patients treated without surgery with Regenexx procedures usually return to their daily activities within two to five days. In comparison, rotator cuff surgery recovery time is extensive and can take anywhere from six months to a year to completely heal.

Regenexx-SD* Surgery
Return to Daily Routine 2 to 5 days 6+ weeks
Return to Sports 3 to 6 months 1 year
Recovery Brace, up to 6 weeks PT Brace, extensive, no driving, 3 to 6 months PT
Pain Management Mostly over-the-counter pain medication (days) Prescription pain medication for weeks (weeks)
General Anesthesia No Yes
Keep Your Rotator Cuff Yes No

*Bone marrow concentrate which contains stem cells.

At Regenexx, we are dedicated to giving you the information you need to make an informed decision about your best treatment option.

During your initial appointment, your Regenexx doctor will use our four-part SANS (stability, articulation, neuromuscular, and symmetry) evaluation to identify the underlying causes of your pain. Your doctor will examine your injury through a full range of motion and may use ultrasound to observe the inner workings in real time. 

This approach gives a more accurate picture of the root cause of your pain.

Am I a candidate?

Watch Stine’s patient testimonial video and see how Regenexx helped her back to what she loves:

Note: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx procedures have success and failure rates. Not all patients will experience the same results. For more information on patients’ results visit our active national registry.

We maintain an active national registry to track patients’ progress and side effects after procedures. Patients who have undergone Regenexx procedures for rotator cuff tear pain, injuries, and other conditions report: 

Take a look below at the outcomes of two of our patients who chose to have a Regenexx procedure for rotator cuff tear 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

Webinar: Treating Shoulder Pain Without Surgery

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Join Chris Centeno, MD, founder of Regenexx, to learn how Regenexx procedures can help treat your rotator cuff without surgery and lead to a faster recovery.

During this free webinar you’ll learn:

  • How procedures using bone marrow concentrate (BMC) and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) compare to surgery and other shoulder pain treatment options
  • Procedure expectations
  • Answers to the most common questions about regenerative medicine treatments
Register for the webinar

Get started to see if you are a Regenexx candidate

To talk one-on-one with one of our team members about how Regenexx may be able to help your orthopedic pain or injury, please complete the form below and we will be in touch with you within the next business day.

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