Shoulder injuries may not be the most talked about sport injury but it’s one of the common ones that often results in long term consequences. Most shoulder injuries are Rotator Cuff related and that is one of the most complex segment of our physical anatomy.
Physical therapy is the well-trodden route. All shoulder treatments start there. We are not talking about trips to the gym — that won’t help. Rotator cuff is small and serves a variety of functions. Typical physical therapy includes gentle pressing with the hand.
Once it’s clear that physical therapy alone cannot help, you have the following options:
Of the 4, PRP Injections are the most natural and most side-effect-free treatment.
For shoulders, PRP is done with the help of local anesthesia and ultrasound guidance. Though PRP is relatively easy procedure, prior to administering that, the entire shoulder must be carefully examined by an expert physician to determine the root cause of the problem.
The good thing about PRP is that healing is fast, (surgery can take months to heal) and there’s no side effects (surgeries are uncertain and might cause residual pain.)
Even better, PRPs can be administered any number of times since it’s our body’s own platelets we’re injecting.
Many a surgery has been avoided by PRP this way.
Here’s a beautiful infographic that you can keep handy to educate your patients about important shoulder injury facts.