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January 28, 2009

MRI Images Showing Torn Rotator Cuff

The rotator cuff comprises 4 principal muscles that stablize and support the shoulder joint:  the  supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis.  Tendons are fibrous tissue that connect muscle to bone.  Tears in the rotator cuff can be within the muscle itself or at the site where the tendon attaches to the bone.  There are different types of rotator cuff tears:  parital  tears where only a portion of the muscle or tendon is torn or full thickness tears wheree the tear extends throughout the entire muscle or tendon.  If the injury involves a complete tear through the muscle ot tendon then it is called  a rupture.

The  normal MRI on the left demonstrates the supraspinatus muscle as it attaches on the humerus.  On the right, the same mucle is torn (dark signal).mri-of-torn-rotater-cuff1 The MRI below also shows a tear in the rotator cuff as noted in the dark signal in the muscle( white arrow).



New treatment options for rotator cuff tears include regeneration of the damaged muscle or tendon using stem cell therapy.  Regenexx enables patients the ability to use their own stem cells to heal tears in the rotator cuff.  Regenexx is a simple needle-in, needle-out procedure that enables the patient to avoid surgery, anesthesia and the extensive physical therapy commonly associated with surgical repair.

Please review the MRI below in which a patient had a tear in their rotator cuff.  They underwent stem cell therapy at Regenexx with healing of the tear, 100% resolution of pain and return to normal function.

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  1. I am facing rotator cuff surgery. Who does Regennex injections without surgery for rotator cuff repair?
    I live in Wilson North Carolina 27896

    Comment by Gail Davis — March 28, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

  2. I am not commenting on the therapy. On 8/30/12, I have a grade III ijury to my left shoulder from a severe fall at home. I am 61 year old female and full time care giver to my 72 year old husband. Our only income is his Social Security, leaving me uninsured. I have all of the symptoms of the grade III tear in my right rotator cuff right down to numbness on the left side of my right hand to elbow pain and neck pain, sleep is extremely hard and a month later it is no better. I have searched to no avail for some kind of help, for driving is difficult and being right handed makes learning to do most all things personal left handed is extremely hard at my age. I an so depressed and so miserable and so angry at a medical system that will offer no help to someone like me.
    Thanks for listening,
    Star F. Shepherd

    Comment by Star F. Shepherd — October 9, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    • Star,
      I hear your frustration. How can I be of assistance to you?

      Comment by stemcelldoc — October 10, 2012 @ 7:25 am

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