Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Frozen Shoulder

by / Friday, 07 June 2019 / Published in Blog, PRP Therapy, shoulder instability

Frozen shoulder syndrome can be extremely frustrating for individuals because it generally develops after a person is already immobile from a surgery. It can further decrease your range of motion, adding another injury on top of the one you are recovering from. Although this condition generally clears up without treatment after some time, the symptoms can be painful and limiting. Platelet-rich plasma therapy can increase the time it takes for you to heal from this injury, and bring back use to your shoulder.


What Is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?


Our blood is mostly made up of water, but there are lots of cells inside that carry important components for our health and wellbeing. The majority of our blood is plasma, but a small portion of it contains white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. These platelets are necessary for the process of clotting our blood after an injury. They also contain growth factors that are vital to healing muscles and tendons. Platelet-rich plasma contains nearly 10 times the amount of platelets normally found in your blood. A doctor begins the process of harvesting your platelets by taking samples of blood, separating the plasma layer from the other cells, and then concentrating the platelets into an injection for the shoulder. The larger amount of platelets increases the amount of healing growth factors in the injection. The increased concentration of growth factors is injected into injured joints to help speed up the body’s natural healing process. It may be several weeks before the pain subsides in the area, but the effects can be extremely beneficial in the long run. It returns blood flow and healing white blood cells, along with stimulating the body to continue to repair the area.

In the most severe cases of frozen shoulder surgery may be recommended to loosen the joint and allow movement

What Is Frozen Shoulder?


Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Signs and symptoms start slowly and continue to worsen over time, and then resolve on their own, usually within one to three years. Your risk of developing frozen shoulder increases after surgeries or major injuries to your shoulder that require bracing or no movement. Common treatments for frozen shoulder include a range of motion exercises, corticosteroid injections, and numbing medications injected into the joint capsule. In the most severe cases of frozen shoulder surgery may be recommended to loosen the joint and allow movement. It’s very uncommon for a frozen shoulder to return to the same arm, but it is possible for you to develop it in the other shoulder at some point.


How Can Platelet Rich Plasma Help My Frozen Shoulder?


Platelet-rich plasma can produce collagen and healing growth factors, which increase the number of stem cells and enhances the healing of the shoulder. These injections can reduce pain and increase the mobility of the shoulder. Very little research has been done on platelet-rich plasma therapy as a treatment for frozen shoulder. However, a recent study found that a patient treated with PRP therapy found a large reduction in pain during the day and no pain at night. They also got back almost full range of motion in their shoulder and more flexibility, with less pain after use.