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Rotator Cuff Tears

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     One of the most common causes of debilitating shoulder pain is a rotator cuff tear. The rotator cuff is made of six different muscles around your shoulder that help move the arm in all directions. A rotator cuff tear is when one of these muscles tear from either an injury or deterioration from arthritis. This causes sharp pain and weakness that make daily activities like putting on a shirt or washing your hair painful and difficult. Many rotator cuff shoulder problems cause pain at night as well. Traditional medical treatment usually starts with anti-inflammatories, steroids and therapy, however often result in surgery. While these measures may help some shoulder pain sufferers, they're left with scar tissue, subluxations and imbalances - all contributing to the inevitable deterioration of the joint/degenerative arthritis.

     Fortunately, regenerative medicine offers an alternative that’s not only healthier, but actually helps the body heal. For acute rotator cuff tear injuries, human tissue allograft injections work equally well for reducing inflammation and pain, but unlike traditional medicine, they also help the body repair the torn muscle or damaged ligament. Regenerative medicine also works well for rotator cuff tears that developed as a result of degenerative arthritis in the shoulder. Allograft treatments not only help the body repair the tear, but also improve joint space.

     At Solutions, we recommend a combination of treatment including regenerative medicine, chiropractic and focused rehabilitation for treatment of rotator cuff problems. This multi-pronged approach allows the best opportunity for the most complete healing possible. The chiropractic helps correct pinched nerves and structural issues so the body can heal, the regenerative medicine helps the body repair damage while the rehab helps the soft tissue become functional as it’s healing. If you have shoulder pain or a rotator cuff tear, come to Solutions and we will be glad to evaluate your condition and try to help. All the treatments we offer are minimally invasive, natural and require very little/no down time (depending on the injury).


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