If you’ve once been a victim then you know better how uncomfortable a rotator cuff injury can make you. It is a constant pain that completely interferes with your everyday life and yes, you can’t sleep.
But technology is ever on the rise. With each new day, a way to help victims suffering from rotator cuff injuries comes up. The most recent innovation is the bio-inductive cuff implants that has been tried out on patients and certified to be safe. This is associated with reduced pain and faster recovery as opposed to the traditional techniques. The implant works in such a manner that it almost regenerates the pre-existent tissue in and infact it’s your own tissue. Prior to this, surgeons had to sew the remaining tissue back to the bone as a repair technique. But our medical centre is now able to do the same in addition to adding some bulk and mass that help lower the recovery time.
By the virtue that the implant is biodegradable, it is absorbed into the body after it has induced the growth of a new tissue. That fixes a problem that has been existent in the medical field for quite a long time – patients being highly prone to re-tears and taking as much as half a year to recover. But all that is in the past since we can now reduce the recovery time with the aid of early physical therapy and early motion so that the patient can resume most activities in 3-months time.
The rotator cuff is a collection of muscles and tendons that ensure the arm is well placed in the shoulder joint. It is these that assist you comb your hair, pick something from the shelf, play a game catch, etc.
The processes involved in these actions are complex, only that your body makes them look easy. And the rotator cuff plays a bigger role in ensuring that happens. Among its roles including protecting the shoulder joint and facilitating movement of the arms above your head.
But this vital tissue is prone to injuries. The injuries are common in people who carry out jobs that have to do with overhead motions or sports such as tennis. As one ages, the chances of getting a rotator cuff injury goes up.
This is associated mainly with wear and tear linked to usage on a daily basis. People with careers such as carpentry and painting and those who play sports like tennis and baseball are more susceptible to this because their jobs involve moving their hands way up above their heads. It may also be a sudden happening in cases where you attempt lifting a heavy item or fall on your arm. Treatment varies greatly as determined by the severity of the signs and symptoms.
Some symptoms include increased pain at night making it impossible to sleep on your side. Some patients also find it hard to raise their arms. The tears may be partial or full thickness (complete). For complete tears, some patients may have to be subjected to surgery with anchors placed in the bone.
This is an inflammation of a tendon attached to the bone. Its pain is felt in the area adjacent to the joint, but outside. Some of the most common tendinitis are swimmer’s shoulder and pitcher’s shoulder.
Different activities that are likely to cause this type of shoulder pain include scrubbing, golf, skiing, throwing and pitching, cleaning house, gardening, carpentry and tennis. Taking the wrong posture at work as well as conditioning prior to an exercise also increases one’s risk to suffering from this.
Some of the symptoms to watch out for include loss of shoulder motion and a painful experience at the tendon site. This pain may overtime build up and become more severe.
The bursa is a small sac full of fluid whose role is to safeguard the rotator cuff. Bursitis happens when this sac gets irritated. This occurs after you have repeatedly been involved in the same motion such as lifting something above your head or throwing a baseball. An infection may also lead to its occurrence.
Bursitis is a common disease in elderly adults starting from age 40. Some of the signs and symptoms that indicate its presence include a sudden and severe pain. It can also be a pain that has been building up over time. If you experience a severe loss of shoulder motion, chances are the disease is the reason.
We use a bioinductive implant obtained from bovine Achilles tendon and then undertaken through reconstitution processes so that it has the highest porosity and purity possible. Its design is in such a manner that it effectively induces a new tendon-like tissue to be formed rapidly.
The newly formed tissue biologically augments itself to the rotator cuff reducing the peak strain on the location where there is a tear and providing the right conditions for faster healing.
The bioinductive implant is absorbed into the body gradually over a six-month period to leave behind a tendon-like tissue.
It is paramount that the bioinductive implant be placed at a precise location in the shoulder. By using the correct delivery instrument, the implant is placed at the right place as the earlier tendon staples are being delivered.
Besides delivery, the tendon fixation instruments are required to attach the implant onto the tendon using bio-absorbable tendon staples. The stapler legs are appropriately placed on the bioinductive implant before being pushed in the tendon.
Then there is the bone fixation instrument whose work is to attach the implant on to the humeral head by use of permanent bone staples.
Patients that have been treated using the bioinductive implant report quicker recovery times. Most of them say the pain fades away within two to three weeks of the procedure. Rehabilitation is equally less strenuous while chances of the results being permanent are high since the recovery time is lowered.
Here are the benefits in summary:
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