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Are you searching for non-surgical alternatives to shoulder surgery? At Nashville Regenerative Orthopedics we specialize in shoulder stem cell therapy and treatment. It’s also important that we educate you so that you are as knowledgeable as possible on the shoulder and the potential benefits of stem cell therapy and PRP.

The Importance of the Shoulder

Let’s not discount the importance of the shoulder and its amazing feat of engineering. The highly mobile, versatile shoulder joint is a combination of strong bones, flexible ligaments and tendons enabling a wide range of motion. This intricate structure is also vulnerable and at times a little unstable. Over time with normal wear and tear or repetitive use, injuries and arthritis occur, and regenerative medicine is an excellent solution in lieu of surgery. Due to the complexity of the shoulder joint, surgery is particularly difficult and post-surgical recovery can require a long rehabilitation to restore strength and mobility. My name is Dr. Ethan Kellum and I’m a trained orthopedic surgeon at Nashville Regenerative Orthopedics using Regenexx procedures.

In our fast-paced world of constant activity, making the best decision for treatment of a traumatic injury or a degenerative condition isn’t easy. What if surgery wasn’t the only option? At Nashville Regenerative Orthopedics, we envision a future where every patient recovers from their orthopedic procedures with minimal downtime. We treat injuries and degeneration of the shoulder non-surgically. Our regenerative stem cell and platelet rich plasma injections preserve the joint and tissues for long-term outcomes with high success rates in healing bone, joint, and soft tissue. Located here in Nashville, we offer the nation’s most advanced regenerative medicine.

The Shoulder Anatomy

There are three bones in the shoulder, the shoulder blade (scapula), the collar bone (clavicle), and the arm bone (humerous). There are four joints in the shoulder. Two joints in the shoulder allow movement: the acromioclavicular joint, where the scapula meets the clavicle, and the glenohumeral joint – a ball and socket joint. This is the point where all arm and back movements begin (the rotator cuff). The acromioclavicular joint facilitates raising the arm over the head and the scapulothoracic joint is a soft tissue to bone attachment. This unique mobility is possible because the socket portion requires a group of four tendons – the rotator cuff – to hold the ball firmly in the socket as you lift and move your arm.

What are Symptoms / Injuries of the Shoulder?

Symptoms include trouble raising your arm, pain when you move your arm or lie on it, weakness in the shoulder, stiffness, numbness or burning sensation, clicking or popping when you move your arm. Generally, repetitive movement is the cause – leisure or work activities with gross, repetitive and vigorous use of the arm especially in sports like baseball or tennis, or jobs like painting or cleaning window.

Injuries include:

  1. Rotator cuff tendonitis
  2. Rotator cuff/labrum tears
  3. Shoulder arthritis
  4. Laboral tears or degeneration
  5. Tendenosis
  6. Bursitis

A tear may be partial, or it may sever a tendon, muscle, or the labrum completely.

  1. Traumatic: Traumatic injuries such car accidents or breaking a fall with an outstretched arm.
  2. Overuse: The shoulder joint area can gradually wear causing microscopic tears to form caused by repeating the same motion again and again. Over time, small tears in a tendon can lead to a bigger tear.

Diagnosis and Detection:

  1. X-rays – the shoulder is made of cartilage and isn’t visible on x-ray but this method can help rule out other shoulder problems or detect bone spurs.
  2. MRI – both hard and solf tissues and their injuries are usually detectable in a MRI.
  3. Elecrtomyography (EMG) – this test may be ordered to rule out nerve compression.

Treatment Solutions with Regenexx Stem Cell Therapy Technology

Regenexx procedures are an excellent treatment plan for shoulder pain. Seventy-two percent of patients report 70% or more improvements and benefit from a quicker recovery than patients receiving traditional surgeries. Same-day Stem Cell procedures may help alleviate shoulder pain, restore joint damage and the conditions that cause it with a simple office injection. Patients typically experience little or no down time from the procedure.

As you can see, most shoulder joint issues benefit from these advancements in biologics such as PRP and stem cells. Regennex results in repairing bone, joint, and soft tissue are found to be highly effective, and we have helped thousands of patients recover with little or no pain, so you can return to your busy life.

What is Regenexx Regenerative Medicine?

Regenexx is a pioneer in cell-based medicine, who develops and patents advanced stem cell and blood platelet procedures. They support and train a national network of musculoskeletal doctors specializing in advanced regenerative medicine for orthopedic recovery.

Regenerative medicine is the process of using your own body’s tissue to help heal injuries or degenerative conditions to restore normal functions. Regenerative medicine escorts in fast recovery for a new generation of orthopedic procedures eliminating surgery and shortening healing time. These therapies treat conditions that range from basic strains – to ligament and tendon tears – to arthritis.

Ready to Learn More About Regenexx Alternatives to Shoulder Surgery?

To find out if you might be a candidate for PRP or stem cells, complete our Regenexx Procedure Candidate form online.


Dr. Ethan Kellum is a native of Henderson, Tennessee. He earned his medical degree from University of Tennessee Health and Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis. After a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Medical College of Georgia, he completed a surgical fellowship in sports medicine, shoulder, and advance arthroscopy at New England Baptist Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. He served as assistant team physician for the NBA’s Boston Celtics, and Harvard and Tufts’ University athletics. His main focus is regenerative medicine and keeping patients out of the operating room.