Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulders at RMI

If you suffer from chronic shoulder pain due to arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis or an old injury, or you’ve recently injured your rotator cuff or suffered a ligament or tendon sprain or tear, then you may benefit from physical therapy, traditional orthopedic care, non-surgical stem cell injections or even stem cell-enhanced surgery.

To feel whole again. I’m strong enough. I can pick up my children; basic activities of daily life without having to worry about that pain being there.” – Kent

Figure 1.
Intact healed rotator cuffs in the bone marrow treated versus the group that received no bone marrow cells
Rotator Cuff Graph Rounded

Can stem cells heal shoulders?

Biologic augmentation of rotator cuff repair with mesenchymal stem cells during arthroscopy improves healing and prevents further tears: a case-controlled study.

This was a controlled 10-year study of rotator cuff repair in which the doctors repaired rotator cuffs in 90 patients. One half of the patients received their own concentrated bone marrow in the shoulder while the other half did not.

The patients who received their own concentrated bone marrow faired significantly better than those who did not. At six months the 100% of the patients who receive bone marrow were healed completely versus 67% in those who did not.

Ten years after the treatment 87% of the patients in the bone marrow group still had intact rotator cuffs compared to 44% in the other group. (see Figure 1)

Among the bone marrow group the more cells that received more mesenchymal stem cells and other progenitor cells (quality of the bone marrow was better) had better and more complete repairs.

Lastly, MRI imaging confirmed that the rotator cuffs of patients treated with stem cells were much thicker that those who did not receive any stem cells.



What do our patients say?

I am a Master Swimmer and I really need my shoulder! The good news: The doctor predicted that, with the help of my own and amniotic stem cells, I would be doing the breaststroke at 8 weeks and freestyle at 12…..and he was right! Oh — and did he mention cross-country skiing? No…..but I tried it anyway, and felt pretty good at the 8-week mark.

I feel remarkably well and I am very grateful to the doctor, as well as his kind and supportive staff. Living in South Dakota, I have valued the phone consults and encouraging words immensely.

I have been downhill skiing at Grand Targhee this week in deep powder with minimal discomfort (only during use of my polls in flat spots) — but mostly having a blast!

What makes stem cell therapy at RMI different?

  • Board-certified orthopedic surgeons and interventional pain management specialists
  • Over 30 years collective experience in regenerative medicine
  • Efficient bone marrow harvesting using fluoroscopic guidance (C-Arm)
  • Bone Marrow Aspirate concentration (BMAC) with Vertical Axis Centrifuge
  • Precision injections with ultrasound and/or fluoroscopic guidance
  • Amniotic and umbilical cord tissue products developed by applied stem cell research expert, Neil H. Riordan, PA, PhD
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Regenerative Medicine the Future of Interventional Orthopedics – Rudy Herrera, MD

At RMI, we augment BMAC with a pliable *amniotic tissue allograft developed by Dr. Riordan. It is derived from human placental amnion, which functions as a biologic structural matrix to facilitate and enhance tissue healing and repair. This allograft contains 108 different growth factors including WNT-4 and prostaglandin.

Prostaglandin inhibits inflammation, which occurs after injury and marks the beginning of the healing process. The faster we can tame this inflammation, the sooner the body can move on to the next phase of healing, regeneration. It’s important to note that our amniotic tissue product has more than 60 times the amount of prostaglandin compared to other products.

WNT4 is arguably the single most important molecule required for wound healing. Our product has more than 10 times the amount of WNT4 as competing products.

For more information about BMAC and amniotic tissue products at the Riordan Medical Institute Click Here.

Common shoulder conditions treated at Riordan Medical Institute (RMI):

Below are common shoulder conditions we treat at RMI. If your shoulder condition is not listed, please contact us to see if you are a candidate.

  • Arthritis
  • Biceps tendon tear
  • Bone fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic glenohumeral ligament sprains
  • Labral tears or degeneration
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Shoulder instability
  • Tendonitis


View/download the entire chapter about stem cell therapy for orthopedic conditions from Dr. Riordan’s book

For more detailed information about our treatments, we welcome you to read/download the entire chapter on stem cell therapy for orthopedic conditions from Dr. Riordan’s new book, Stem Cell Therapy: A Rising Tide – How Stem Cells are Disrupting Medicine and Transforming Lives.  CLICK HERE (FREE PDF)

“Neil takes readers on a riveting journey through the past, present and future of stem cell therapy. His well-researched, educational and entertaining book could change your life. I highly recommend it.”Tony Robbins, NY Times #1 Bestselling Author

“100 years old will soon become the new 60. Stem cells are a key therapeutic to enable this future. Dr. Riordan’s book is your guide to why this is true and how you will benefit. A must read for anyone who cares about extending their healthy lifespan.”Peter H. Diamandis, MD; Founder, XPRIZE & Singularity University; Co-Founder, Human Longevity, Inc.; Author of NY Times Best Sellers Abundance and Bold

*Amniotic tissue is donated after normal, healthy births. Once it has been fully tested for infectious diseases, sterility and a few other things, the tissue is processed by using proprietary methods developed by Neil Riordan, PhD.