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Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy, By Mahmud Ibrahim MD

By PPSM Staff

Rotator Cuff TendinopathyThe shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the body. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles that attaches to the shoulder joint via tendons. These tendons not only control the movements of the shoulder, but also help to stabilize the shoulder joint. Over time, patients can develop “wear and tear” of the rotator cuff, called tendinopathy. Tendinopathy can range from slight inflammation of the rotator cuff to a tear of the tendon. Rotator cuff tears are rarely seen in patients under the age of 40. Other risk factors for rotator cuff tendinopathy include repetitive overhead movements, weak shoulder muscles, forward posture of the shoulders, heavy lifting, and a direct blow to the shoulder. Diabetics are at increased risk for developing tendinopathy. Symptoms can include shoulder pain, especially with overhead activities or reaching behind, pain when lying on the affected shoulder, popping or clicking in the shoulder, and limited motion of the shoulder. Initially, symptoms may improve with rest; however, as the degeneration continues, the pain can become constant and occur even at rest. Eventually, the pain can interfere with daily activities. In addition to a physical exam, rotator cuff tendonapathy can be diagnosed with an MRI or ultrasound of the shoulder. Ultrasound is useful as it is (1)noninvasive, (2)can be performed in the office, (3)does not involve being placed in a small tube like structure, (4)and takes only about 5-10 minutes. Ultrasound has actually been found to be more sensitive than MRI in detecting rotator cuff problems. In addition, the physician can show the patient the affected areas in real time.

 

TREATMENT

First line treatment for rotator cuff tendinopathy usually includes physical therapy to help strengthen the rotator cuff muscles, correct the poor posture, and teach proper form for lifting and overhead activities. Medications can include oral anti-inflammatories as well as other pain medications. Ice is also helpful to reduce inflammation. When oral anti-inflammatories are not enough, it may be necessary to perform a corticosteriod injection into the shoulder to help reduce the inflammation. Ultrasound can also be used when injecting the shoulder as it allows the physician to directly visualize the needle and ensure the medication is being injected directly into the affected area. Newer treatment options also include Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP. This treatment involves taking the patient’s own blood, spinning it down, concentrating and extracting the growth factors in the blood, and injecting those growth factors directly into the affected area. This has been shown to actually promote the healing of degenerated tendons. There are also several surgical options available, but they are more invasive and are therefore rarely considered first line treatment options.

Shoulder pain is a common problem. With the proper treatment, the pain can be significantly reduced and improve a patient’s quality of life.  For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call our office in Lawrenceville, NJ at 609-588-8600.

Orthopedic Medical Doctor, Joseph Jimenez discusses: Platelet Rich Plasma Injections keep athletes like Heinz Ward, Tiger Woods and recently drafted NFL player Ras-I Dowling (33rd overall) on top of their game

By PPSM Staff

Dr J, Ras-I, Dr. Splichal
(from Left to right: Dr. Joseph Jimenez, Ras-I Dowling, Dr. Emily Splichal)

CONGRATULATIONS TO RAS-I DOWLING! HE WAS SELECTED BY THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS IN THIS YEAR’S 2011 NFL DRAFT. PERFORMANCE SPINE & SPORTS MEDICINE ALSO THANKS DR. EMILY SPLICHAL, founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy, FOR HER SUPPORT IN THIS YEAR’S PRE-DRAFT PARTY SPONSORED BY PERFORMANCE SPINE & SPORTS MEDICINE AT THE COVET LOUNGE NYC!

Eugene Monroe, Sangjin

EUGENE MONROE OF THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, WAS THERE TO CELEBRATE WITH PERFORMANCE AND OUR FRIENDS
Dr. Splichal, Eugene Monroe, Dr J, Dr Phil
(Left to Right: Dr. Emily Splichal, Eugene Monroe, Dr. Joseph Jimenez, Dr. Philip Jimenez)

In this photo, Dr. Emily Splichal, Dr. Joseph Jimenez, and Dr. Philip Jimenez toast to Eugene Monroe’s incredible success thus far in the NFL. Dr. Philip Jimenez is the Podiatrist and Foot/Ankle Specialist at Performance Spine & Sports Medicine.

Athletes like Ras-I Dowling and Eugene Monroe know that when it comes to sports medicine, rehabilitation and sports performance training or diagnostics, PERFORMANCE SPINE & SPORTS MEDICINE is their SECRET WEAPON to keep them on top of their game, prevent injury, AND to treat any of their orthopedic injuries WITHOUT SURGERY!! In fact, depending on the injury, we can get them back to field within 2 weeks and sometimes getting them performing at a higher level.

THE SECRET: PLATELET RICH PLASMA INJECTIONS!!

Platelet Rich Plasma injections (or PRP injections) can help regenerate and repair injured or torn MUSCLES, TENDONS, ligaments, cartilage and bones in knees, shoulders, ankles, hips and even the spine or low back. The athletes we have treated came in with hamstring tears, patellar tendinitis or tendon tears, and rotator cuff tears! The injection is an alternative to surgery. In fact, many patients or athletes that have failed steroid injection or even surgical procedures turn to Platelet Rich Plasma Injections. Some rumored athletes that have tried PRP include Heinz Ward and Tiger Woods.

PLATELETS ARE CELLS IN YOUR BODY THAT FORM BLOOD CLOTS TO HELP YOU STOP BLEEDING IF YOU GET AN INJURY ANY OF YOUR TISSUES OR VITAL ORGANS. THEY ALSO FORM SCABS ON OPEN WOUNDS TO THE SKIN
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PLATELETS NOT ONLY FORM CLOTS OR SCABS BUT ARE RICH IN GROWTH FACTORS TO PROMOTE HEALING. SO, INJECTING PLATELETS DIRECTLY TO INJURED JOINTS, LIGAMENTS OR TENDONS MAY HELP REPAIR THE INJURY.

THE PROCEDURE INVOLVES TAKING A FEW TABLESPOONS OF YOUR OWN BLOOD AND SEPARATING THE PLATELETS FROM THE REST OF THE BLOOD. A special machine called a centrifuge, spins the blood in a plastic tube to filter the platelets from the rest of the blood

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In this picture (below), the yellow plasma has all the platelets — millions of them!
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YOUR OWN PLATELETS ARE THEN INJECTED IT INTO THE INJURED JOINT or body part. THIS CUTTING EDGE AND REVOLUTIONARY THERAPY IS AVAILABLE AT PERFORMANCE SPINE AND SPORTS MEDICINE OFFERING ALL THE NON-SURGICAL SOLUTIONS UNDER ONE ROOF!

We use an ultrasound machine to make sure we put the platelets in the right place!

Athletes that we have treated in the past with Platelet Rich Plasma with 100% success include: Donald Jones of the Buffalo Bills
D Jones Mini Camp

and Andre Dixon of the Hartford Colonials
Andre Dixon