Many shoulder injuries are sports-related, including dislocations, fractures, and rotator cuff damage.

The rotator cuff consists of muscles and tendons that connect the humerus with the shoulder. Tendons and muscles hold the humerus in the shoulder cavity. This structure creates the largest range of motion of all joints in the body.

With the rotator cuff, you can raise and turn your arm, but the tendons of the rotator cuff can tear or be trapped by the bones around them.


Shoulder pain is also caused by bursitis. At this point, the bursa, a fluid-filled bag located between your rotator cuff and your shoulder joint, becomes inflamed.

Arthrosis is the most common arthritis in the shoulder. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear when the smooth cartilage covering the ends of the bones is worn down. There are two shoulder joints that can be affected by osteoarthritis – the glenohumeral joint, which causes most of the shoulder movement, and the acromioclavicular joint (AC), which is a smaller joint at the top of the shoulder. People with arthritis in the AC joint run the risk of developing rotator cuff tears.

Treatment with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be used to treat a variety of shoulder conditions and as an alternative to surgery. Shoulder surgery is challenging due to the complexity of the joint and postoperative recovery can be painful.

Shoulder diseases that can be treated with PRP include:

    • The rotator cuff rupture
    • Arthritis / Arthrosis
    • tendonitis of the rotator cuff
    • bursitis
    • AC joint pain

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