RESEARCH UPDATE: Rotator Cuff Repairs and Steroid Injections

This post will serve to kick off a new blog series from the Shoulder and Elbow team at KOC highlighting the latest medical research topics related to our area of practice! These posts will be housed at our new Research page on the website where we will also include summaries and highlights of our past,…

Davinci’s Glenoid- Decoding the Arthritic Shoulder

Dr. Spencer and the team at the Shoulder and Elbow Center are thrilled to announce the latest of our research efforts being published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery! Working with Dr. Grant Garrigues at Rush Orthopedics and Dr. Ryan Quigley at Sacramento Medical Center, our team has gathered data on patients who…

Research and Patient Education

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Dr. Spencer and his research staff are excited to announce our latest publication examining the effectiveness of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections for specific types of partial rotator cuff tears known as “intra-substance” tears. These tears are unique in the fact that they occur completely inside the tendon without disturbing the outside layer of tissue. This forms a sort of pocket into which PRP can be injected. While not covered by insurance, PRP injections can be very useful for specific pathologies, and our research has shown a 92% success rate for these tears. The study can be found here.

Rotator Cuff Repair and Biceps Tenodesis

Over the last 2 years, our staff have been analyzing data pertaining to a unique surgical technique developed and implemented by Dr. Spencer. This technique allows treatment of both a rotator cuff tear and degenerative biceps tendon without utilizing any additional hardware typically associated with treating the biceps tendon. Our data showed that this technique is not inferior to the current “gold standard” treatment options. The data can be found here.