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Levator Scapulae Tendinosis
Levator scapulae tendinosis is a chronic injury to the tendons attaching the levator scapulae muscle to the neck bones that has never healed properly. Traditionally, treatment of levator scapulae tendinosis includes cortisone injections and physical therapy. Unfortunately, these treatments provide temporary pain relief, not actual healing. Because of the continual damage to the tendon through every day activities and the fact that there is poor blood supply to the tendon to actually promote healing, recovery is often very slow and many patients never regain their original strength. People with levator scapulae injuries could expect to suffer throughout their lifetime with chronic pain.
However, thanks to regenerative medicine and the cutting edge techniques practiced at the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, repair of the injured tendon and levator scapulae pain relief may now be possible – without surgery or lengthy recovery times.
How Cell-Based Therapy Works
Exciting technological advances, such as platelet rich plasma and cell-based treatment, actually promote the body’s self-healing ability to regenerate and repair the damaged tendons. The bioactive proteins in specially prepared platelets initiate and expedite the healing of tissue.
For both the cell and the platelet rich plasma treatments, the source of the cells and plasma is the patient. Both cell extraction and treatment are outpatient procedures which can be done locally in a doctor’s office.
Please note that while the above conditions represent most of those that which can be treated using either PRP injections or PRP injection in conjunction with cell injections, the specific method of treatment will be based on a patient’s age and health at the time of treatment, the severity of your condition and other factors. Learn if you are eligible for cell-based treatment.