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Rotator cuff tear

A rotator cuff tear is a common shoulder ailment in adults and many athletes who rely on shoulder movement and strength, especially in swimming or throwing sports. This type of shoulder pain can make daily activities, like brushing one’s hair or putting away dishes, very painful. The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and their tendons which comprise the rotator cuff and stabilize the shoulder. The rotator cuff tendons are the most common structures affected in shoulder sports injuries. Particularly common are injuries to the supraspinatus tendon.

Traditional treatments for a torn rotator cuff include physical therapy, cortisone injections, anti-inflammatory medications, or even surgery. Sometimes the conservative method of physical therapy works well, but can require numerous visits per week, for weeks at a time. The person may still be left with shoulder instability problems. Cortisone and anti-inflammatory medications may help to temporarily dull pain, but these methods create long term tissue damage. Surgery has not shown outstanding results either, with a high re-tear rate. Let alone the time off for the surgery and recovery can severely hinder an athletic season. While for full-thickness tears, surgery is needed to put the separated ends back together, for a partial tear, surgery is an extreme option.

Prolotherapy treatment for a torn rotator cuff

For the person with a partial rotator cuff tear who is looking for a treatment that stimulates long term repair and regeneration of tissue, dextrose Prolotherapy is a viable option. Prolotherapy injections trigger the body to strengthen the rotator cuff attachments, like spot welding for the shoulder. Using Hackett-Hemwall dextrose Prolotherapy, the whole shoulder joint is comprehensively treated, including inside of the shoulder joint as well as the numerous ligament and tendon attachments around the shoulder. This initiates repair and strengthening throughout the rotator cuff. The number of Prolotherapy treatments needed depends on the severity of the tear, history of other degenerative treatments tried, and length of time since the injury. But the average is between three and six treatments, typically given one month apart. Exercise can still be done between treatments, and generally, after each treatment more function is restored and pain continues to subside. Once full activities can be resumed without pain, Prolotherapy treatment would be considered complete and the person should not need any further treatment, unless the area were to become re-injured.