Shoulder Replacement: Alternative options for arthritis?

Posted by shel99 @shel99, Dec 16, 2018

I have arthritis in my right shoulder. Range of motion is limited, and physical therapy has not helped much. Are there options short of shoulder replacement surgery? Has anyone had arthroscopic surgery and/or anti-inflamatory injections? For those who have had surgery, how succesful was the outcome in terms of range of motion restored and elimination of pain?

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@win sturgeon – are you a doctor. Could you kindly tell us how many have benefited from stem cell for arthritis. Did you have patients with shoulder arthritis? Thanks.

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no, just a patient. But i have looked seriously into this and i have friends who have stemcells on various parts of their bodies. I have noticed athletes of all levels using stem cells. Good luck to you.

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I first looked at the Mayo clinic on stem cells for arthritis. I am sure they have data. I used Regenexx and i know they have data.

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I am 89 hearts old and have severe shoulder pain and very loimitred range of motion. My doctor feels that replacement surgery is too risky. he has given me my first steroid shot.Is there any possibility of using any other therapy?

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@davidcooper

I am 89 hearts old and have severe shoulder pain and very loimitred range of motion. My doctor feels that replacement surgery is too risky. he has given me my first steroid shot.Is there any possibility of using any other therapy?

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Hello @davidcooper, Welcome to Connect. You mentioned you just received your first steroid shot for your shoulder. Did it help with the severe pain and limited range of motion? Did your doctor suggest any alternatives or therapy?

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@davidcooper

I am 89 hearts old and have severe shoulder pain and very loimitred range of motion. My doctor feels that replacement surgery is too risky. he has given me my first steroid shot.Is there any possibility of using any other therapy?

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Good afternoon @davidcooper, I want to add my welcome to Connect. I see that @johnbishop has asked you about the effectiveness of steroids. Did you also notice a personality change?

I think I understand the risk to your well-being because of replacement surgery. There is one therapy I have found that improves the quality of my life and that is MFR, myofascial pain release therapy. While it won't go in and change your bone structure it can improve your range of motion. I just got home from my Monday session and I feel better, much better. I have two sessions a week. MFR is different than standard physical therapy. It is gentle and pretty long-lasting.

Sometimes attending to the connective tissue all around the shoulder can moderate the pain. Give it a try. If you need to find an MFR therapist, you can use this website…….. http://www.myofascialrelease.com.

Let us know of other questions you might have that are waiting for answers.

May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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