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Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Pain

NeoGenix specializes in non-surgical shoulder pain treatment. Stem cell therapy is a natural, non-surgical alternative treatment for shoulder pain relief from arthritis and chronic shoulder cartilage degeneration. We also commonly treat acute conditions resulting from recent soft tissue injuries,
such as rotator cuff and labrum tears.

Why are people choosing stem cell therapy over surgery?

  • Out-patient procedure with a local anesthetic only
  • Complications are extremely unlikely
  • Quicker and easier recovery with no downtime

What is Stem Cell Treatment for Shoulder Pain?

Stem cell therapy is a natural treatment for shoulder injuries and conditions that cause shoulder pain.Depending on the severity and type of problem, shoulders can be treated with everything from growth factors from Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) all the way up to high-dose stem cells (from bone marrow aspirate and adipose tissue) with collagen-based matrix or scaffolding. At NeoGenix, we will examine your shoulder with an ultrasound, review your imaging, and will determine the best type of stem cell treatment for your shoulder pain or injury that we can treat here in Charlotte or our new Lake Norman clinic location.

Is Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Pain Effective?

Many patients find relief from pain and stiffness caused by shoulder injuries or osteoarthritis with stem cell treatments. There have been many research studies demonstrating significant improvement in shoulder pain and acute tears following stem cell therapy and numerous ongoing studies continuing to evaluate the benefits.

Patients that have received Stem Cell Therapy at NeoGenix have reported:

  • Less pain from Osteoarthritis, Tears and Strains or past injuries
  • Reduced Shoulder stiffness
  • Reduced dependency on pain medications
  • Improved Shoulder mobility and range of motion

NeoGenix is also founded by one of the most experienced shoulder injury treatment doctors in Charlotte, NC, Dr. James Altizer, who has been performing stem cell therapy in North Carolina since January of 2016. Dr. Altizer received expert training from recognized leaders in the regenerative medicine field, including training on bone marrow aspiration with Duke University-affiliated physicians. He has performed thousands of stem cell and growth factor procedures, more than any other medical doctor in the Carolinas.

NeoGenix has a patient success rate of over 94%* with many results lasting for years.

An alternative to Shoulder Replacement Surgery

So over time and after trauma, our joint cartilage starts to wear out, sometimes slowly over years and sometimes very quickly over a few months. The only alternative to invasive surgery is stem cell therapy. Do not agree to surgery until you’ve got a second opinion to see whether or not stem cell therapy can help. The less invasive treatment is, the easier and more successful your recovery will be.

Many patients who have undergone stem cell treatments for shoulder pain and acute shoulder injuries have found this minimally invasive procedure to be an excellent alternative to total shoulder replacement, arthroscopic surgery, or rotator cuff surgery.


For those experiencing persistent shoulder pain from a health condition or any other shoulder injury, Neogenix Stem Cell & Regenerative Therapies in Charlotte offers personalized shoulder pain treatment. We employ modern and revolutionary techniques frequently referred to as regenerative medicine, which is non-invasive and circumvents the need for medications, with far fewer side effects than more traditional medical treatments for shoulder pain.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain is one of the most frequent pain points in the human body. We see many different causes for the shoulder pain we treat here in Charlotte, NC. It can be due to a multitude of factors, with some of the most common factors including the deterioration of the rotator cuff, shoulder dislocations, poor posture, and arthritis. Often, shoulder pain results from a torn rotator cuff – a set of muscles and tendons that support and strengthen the shoulder joint. Any strenuous activity, such as swimming and tennis, can lead to rotator cuff damage. Additionally, shoulder pain can result from age, frequent sleeping on one arm, or incorrect posture.

Shoulder Injuries

Injuries of the shoulder are common and can arise from strains, sprains, or tears of the rotator cuff. These injuries may affect the tendons and muscles of the shoulder. Treatment for rotator cuff syndrome is contingent on the origin and severity of your condition.

Shoulder Conditions

Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen shoulder, also referred to as adhesive capsulitis, leads to joint rigidity, which in turn causes pain in the shoulder. If left untreated, the shoulder may suffer a loss in its range of motion, making it challenging to move. Physical therapy is usually the suggested solution for this condition. Considering that this condition can remain active for up to three years, it is highly recommended to seek medical advice from an experienced shoulder pain specialist. They can review the symptoms and determine the ideal exercise and treatment plan to bring relief and restore your shoulder’s functionality.

Biceps Tendonitis
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Biceps tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendon connecting the bicep muscle to the shoulder, which can arise from natural aging or mechanical wear and tear. A strong and unpleasant sensation of irritation accompanies this inflammation. Biceps tendonitis can also develop from progressive wear of the tendons, consistent heavy lifting, shoulder impingement, or injury. Visiting a professional to diagnose biceps tendonitis and craft an individualized treatment plan to bring back joint health is essential.

Rotator Cuff Conditions

The rotator cuff protects the shoulder joint, making it easier to move your arm around and above the head. However, if injured due to strains, tension, or mechanical wear and tear, the area can become inflamed, leading to tendonitis and bursitis. Other rotator cuff conditions include rotator cuff tears, rotator cuff tendinopathy, and more.

Triceps Tendonitis

Triceps tendonitis is an uncomfortable condition that impacts the arm, generally caused by overuse of the arm during strenuous activities or normal daily activities. This causes the tendon linking the triceps muscle to the elbow bone to become inflamed, causing weakness and pain in the arm. If neglected, the pain can reach the shoulder area, increasing the discomfort. Non-prescription medication can be used to relieve the immediate symptoms of triceps tendonitis. Nevertheless, chronic cases may need a medical assessment to determine the problem’s origin and devise a treatment plan suited to the patient’s requirements.

Shoulder Instability

Shoulder instability is a condition in which the shoulder joint becomes loose, typically caused by damage or tear of the lining of the shoulder joint; this may lead to your shoulder slipping out of the socket frequently, leading to significant discomfort and loss of mobility.


Osteoarthritis is a painful condition leading to frequent AC or SC joint sprains. The cause can be as simple as regular wear and tear during daily activities, causing tension and decreased range of motion. These joints are vital to keeping the shoulders in place, and when arthritis and sprains start to occur, it can lead to a separation of the shoulder and a severely limited range of motion in the arm.

Subacromial Bursitis

Subacromial bursitis is a condition that results from the inflammation of the bursa, making arm movements incredibly uncomfortable. This problem may arise from trauma, frequent overhead motions, and generally overworking the nearby muscles. Luckily, regenerative medicine therapies, like PRP and stem cell treatment, can reduce the severity of the pain and help you to recover your shoulder’s range of motion.

Scapular Winging: Sources and Productive Treatments

Scapular winging is an agonizing condition that affects the shoulder blades, resulting in them protruding out of place and creating a winged scapula. This can bring about severe pain, making it difficult for an individual to lift their arm or partake in physical activities. With the appropriate treatments, such as regenerative procedures, the pain can be alleviated, and mobility can be restored.

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascial Pain Syndrome is a long-term malady that causes soreness and tenderness in the shoulder muscles, generated by a trigger point. Daily activities, physical labor, stress, and apprehension may set off these trigger points. Regenerative measures can ease your agony and help you to recover the mobility of your shoulder.

Gaining an understanding of the causes and treatments of typical shoulder ailments will enable individuals to locate suitable medical care to mitigate their discomfort and bring back shoulder functioning.

Ready to Get Started?

Dr. Altizer’s team of highly trained regenerative medicine professionals consult with you to create a treatment plan to help you find lasting freedom from painful symptoms. Get full use of your shoulder back – it is now possible to achieve this non-surgically with stem cells and PRP.

Are you ready to explore regenerative medicine? Schedule a consultation today.

  • Stem Cell Therapy for Tears and Strains

    Stem Cell Therapy for Rotator Cuff Tears and Sprains
    Stem Cell Therapy for Supraspinatus Tears and Sprains
    Stem Cell Therapy for Subscapularis Tears and Sprains
    Stem Cell Therapy for Infraspinatus Tears and Sprains
    Stem Cell Therapy for Teres Minor Tears and Sprains

    The rotator cuff consists of 4 muscles that surround and support the shoulder joint and allow full range of motion. As we age, the muscles get thinner and weaker and are very prone to strains and tears. The supraspinatus muscle on the top of the shoulder joint is the one most prone to traumatic damage. Stem cell therapy promotes healing of rotator cuff tears and strains. The stem cells can be injected directly to the exact location of the damaged muscle and tendon using live ultrasound imaging. In fact, ultrasound is just as good as an MRI at detecting rotator cuff tears and sprains. The recovery period after rotator cuff surgery is measured in MONTHS. That is MONTHS of rehabilitation, soreness, pain and inability to use the shoulder. Stem cell therapy can help rotator cuff heal and recover without resorting to invasive surgery, with a recovery time of WEEKS, not months.

  • Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)

    Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative progressive disease resulting in cartilage degeneration, osteophytes, and loss of joint function. So why doesn’t cartilage in shoulder joints self repair similar to a cut on your hand or a broken bone? Why can’t our body repair damaged shoulder cartilage before it gets thinner and thinner, eventually leading to denuded areas of bone on bone arthritis? The simple reason is that shoulder joints do not have adequate circulation. There is no artery inside any joint. Cartilage gets oxygen and nutrients that diffuse or are dissolved in tissue fluid that comes from the underlying bones. This circulation is enough to keep it alive, but is not adequate enough to repair damage that occurs with trauma, repetitive use, and aging. So over time and after trauma, our joint cartilage starts to wear out, sometimes slowly over years and sometimes very quickly over a few months. The only alternative to invasive surgery is stem cell therapy. Do not agree to surgery until you’ve gotten a second opinion to see whether or not stem cell therapy can help.

    Shoulder joint arthritis can occur in 2 joints around the shoulder:

    Glenohumeral joint arthritis (the shoulder joint itself) is usually seen in weight lifters or athletes that use their arms (like tennis players).
    Acromioclavicular joint arthritis (the AC joint on top of the shoulder) is also affected by trauma and repetitive motions

  • Stem Cell Therapy for Labrum Tears and Strains

    The labrum is the cup-shaped rim of cartilage that lines and reinforces the ball and socket joint of the shoulder, which is comprised of the glenoid – the shallow shoulder socket – and the head, or ball, of the upper arm bone known as the humerus. The labrum is the attachment site for the ligaments and supports the ball and socket joint along with the rotator cuff tendons and muscles. It contributes to shoulder stability and, when torn, can lead to partial or complete shoulder dislocation. Although athletes are most prone to labral tears, people who experience a traumatic event – such as falling down a flight of stairs – are also at risk, particularly older adults whose cartilage becomes more brittle with age. Labrum tears are generally treated with a combination of ultrasound-guided injections of stem cells directly into the labrum itself and stem cells into the Glenohumeral joint.

  • Stem Cell Therapy for Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)

    Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is a painful condition in which the movement of the shoulder becomes limited. The condition is called “frozen” shoulder because the more pain that is felt, the less likely the shoulder will be used.

    Lack of use causes the shoulder capsule to thicken and becomes tight, making the shoulder even more difficult to move — it is “frozen” in its position. It is more common in women between the ages of 40-60 and is caused by any shoulder injury or surgery that results in the need to keep the shoulder from moving (i.e., by using a shoulder brace, sling, shoulder wrap, etc.).

    There are 2 stages of frozen shoulder:

    The “freezing” stage: In this stage, the shoulder becomes stiff and is painful to move. The pain slowly increases. It may worsen at night. Inability to move the shoulder increases.
    The “frozen” stage: In this stage, pain may lessen, but the shoulder remains stiff. This makes it more difficult to complete daily tasks and activities.
    If conservative treatment with physical therapy and pain medications fail, the patient is usually put to sleep and the shoulder is either ‘manipulated’, i.e. forcibly moved through its range of motion to break lose any scar tissue, or scoped directly with an arthroscope to find and break up scar tissue. The diagnosis is usually made by taking a good history, carefully examining the shoulder, and getting x rays to rule out other problems. An MRI is usually not needed, but an ultrasound exam can confirm the diagnosis. Stem cell therapy for frozen shoulder is a minimally invasive treatment for patients who do not want to jump right to surgery.

  • Stem Cell Therapy for Bicep Tears and Strains

    Similar to rotator cuff tears and strains, stem cell therapy promotes healing of bicep muscle and tendon tears and strains. The stem cells can be injected directly to the exact location of the damaged muscle and tendon using live ultrasound imaging. In fact, an ultrasound is just as good as an MRI at detecting bicep muscle and tendon tears and sprains. The recovery period after bicep muscle and tendon tear surgery is measured in MONTHS. That is MONTHS of rehabilitation, soreness, pain, and inability to use the shoulder. Stem cell therapy can help bicep muscles and tendons heal and recover without resorting to invasive surgery, with a recovery time of WEEKS, not months.

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