Shoulder pain and discomfort can adversely affects a person’s quality of life. It is the most common complaint seen by General Practitioners (GP) and Primary Care Providers and is the third most common musculoskeletal complication that requires medical care. One percent of adults with new shoulder pain consult with their GP each year. Self-reported prevalence of shoulder pain is between 16% and 26%. (1) Patients who have shoulder problems often have a combination of symptoms.
When an injury occurs, connective tissue is disrupted and that causes bleeding which in turn releases inflammatory chemicals into the site of injury. Over the next 4-6 weeks following the injury, cells in the area of the damaged tissue are recruited by the body to help clean up the damaged tissue and then to grow healthy replacement tissue. After 4-6 weeks the healing process tends to slow down considerably. The healing process can be restarted by the use of Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT). The way RIT works is to cause a small, non-traumatic injury or bruise to the injured area stimulating the healing process that was originally seen in the injury but this all occurs without significant damage. Mild pain is often experienced 2-3 days following RIT treatment and then gradual improvement is experienced over the next 6-8 weeks. More and more patients are opting to have Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) when dealing with shoulder pain.
Patients undergoing RIT need to couple the procedure with physical therapy to obtain the best results. Seeing a physical therapist before RIT gives the physical therapist the opportunity to clear up the patient’s biomechanics and train them in exercises that will help them prepare for the procedure. It also helps to build a line of communication between the RIT provider and the physical therapist so that the molecular biology of the treatment is understood as well as how the various treatments that will be used will affect healing times and the healing process.
Each year more and more patients are seeing physical therapists immediately after having undergone Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) procedures that they have had in lieu of having surgery.
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