Rotator Cuff Injuries/Tendonitis Specialist

Mikhail Solomonov, MD -  - Pain Management Specialist

Pain Management and Anesthesiology of NJ

Mikhail Solomonov, MD

Pain Management Specialist located in Cedar Knolls, NJ

Patients throughout the Tri-State Area can access the latest regenerative medicine treatments for tendonitis. Dr. Mikhail Solomonov of Pain Management and Anesthesiology of NJ, located in Cedar Knolls, is an expert in providing stem cell and platelet rich plasma therapies to eliminate pain and mobility issues caused by tendonitis. Call Dr. Solomonov or make an appointment online today to learn more about these groundbreaking tendonitis treatments.

Rotator Cuff Injuries/Tendonitis Q & A

What is a rotator cuff tear?

Rotator cuff injuries are extremely common among American adults. The rotator cuff is the collection of muscles and tendons that hold the ball and socket joint of your shoulder together and enable its wide range of motion. Rotator cuff injuries vary in severity, ranging from partial tears to a full separation of the tendon from the bone.  

Rotator cuff injuries cause pain, particularly when you’re resting and at night, especially if you lay on the injured shoulder. You may also experience pain or weakness when lifting or rotating your arm.

Rotator cuff injuries are caused by both acute injuries and from long-term wear and tear that causes weakening of the tendons and muscles. These injuries are common because of the staggering amount of movement your shoulders and arms make daily. In fact, until you’re unable to move your shoulder because of a rotator cuff injury, you won’t realize just how much you rely on this joint.  

When physical therapy is ineffective in eliminating pain and improving function, surgery is often recommended. Stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma precise injection help many avoid the surgery and resume active style of living.

How are rotator cuff injuries treated?

Dr. Solomonov offers customized treatment to address the specific needs of each of his patients. Pain relief treatments may be as simple as anti-inflammatory medications, immobilization, rest, and ice. Other injuries may require more advanced treatments, such as trigger point injections, platelet rich plasma (PRP) or stem cell therapies.

How does platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment help rotator cuff injuries?

PRP injections can be an effective treatment for rotator cuff injuries as well as injuries to other joints. The injections use your own platelets and plasma to deliver a concentrated dose of the blood cells that support your body’s healing process. In addition, the injections stimulate an immunologic response where your body sends oxygen and nutrients to the injured tissue which aids in the healing process as well as the growth of new cells in the muscles and tendons.

What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis is a painful condition characterized by inflammation and swelling of a tendon, the thick tissue that connects your muscles to your bones. Tendonitis can develop almost anywhere in the body, although it’s most common in the following areas:

  • Achilles’ tendon
  • Elbow
  • Hip
  • Knees
  • Shoulder
  • Hands
  • Feet

You may be familiar with the common names for tendonitis that affect specific joints like tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder, plantar fasciitis, and jumper’s knee. Tendonitis causes symptoms including pain, stiffness, and in some cases, an inability to move the joint. Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is a common form of this particular symptom.

What causes tendonitis?

Several factors contribute to the development of tendonitis. One of the most common causes is repetitive use of a joint, which is common for athletes and people in some professions like painters and carpenters. Your tendons can also become inflamed when you start to exercise vigorously without training your body for that level of exertion. Poor warm up and cool down techniques can contribute to the issue.  

There are also medical conditions that can increase your risk of developing tendonitis including thyroid conditions, certain medications, and forms of arthritis including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis.  

How is tendonitis treated?

Dr. Solomonov offers a variety of treatments to alleviate the painful and incapacitating symptoms of tendonitis. In moderate cases, treatment begins conservatively with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication. He may also recommend platelet-rich plasma or stem cell therapy.  PRP injections help to flood the damaged tissue with the platelets, nutrients, and immunologic response to support rapid healing.  

Dr. Solomonov’s ultimate goal is to provide you with relief from the pain, stiffness, and mobility issues caused by tendonitis. He’ll give you a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs and will follow up on your progress regularly. If any treatment isn’t effective, he’ll adjust your treatment plan with a new approach to pain relief.

Contact Dr. Solomonov’s office today by phone or online to make an appointment if you have stiff, sore, or immobile joints. Tendonitis is treatable, he can provide effective pain relief.