Yes, there is an alternative to steroid injections. Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy decreases pain AND improves shoulder function.
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is somewhat new; therefore its efficacy and indications are continuously under review. A recent study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine attempted to evaluate how safe and useful PRP may be for patients with rotator cuff disease.
Researchers recently performed a meta-analysis of the outcomes of patient groups receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy by preparation method and injection technique in tendinopathy. The goal was to determine the clinical effectiveness of the preparations and to evaluate the effect of controls used in the studies reviewed.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN recently penned an article describing the utilization of stem cell therapy by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.
“For much of his professional golf career Nicklaus has had aggravating back pain that he describes as an eight or nine out of ten on the pain scale. Despite trying therapies ranging from cortisone shots to a back operation the pain persisted.”