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Shoulder Pain Specialist

William D Nelson, NMD -  - Physical Medicine

Explore Health

William D Nelson, NMD

Physical Medicine & Addiction Medicine located in North Scottsdale, AZ & Flagstaff, AZ

If you’re dealing with chronic shoulder pain and have all but resigned yourself to schedule a shoulder replacement surgery, don’t give up just yet. Explore Health in Flagstaff and Scottsdale, Arizona, offers regenerative orthopedic care that can help. Many patients have canceled their elective shoulder joint replacement surgery after treatment from regenerative medicine specialist William Nelson, NMD. Call the office or use the online appointment maker to get the best in innovative shoulder pain help now.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

There are many possible causes of shoulder pain. Some of the most common include:

  • Sports injuries
  • Auto Accidents
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Neck injuries
  • Nerve impingement
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Shoulder sprains
  • Torn cartilage
  • Ligament damage
  • Tendon damage

In most cases, shoulder pain is directly related to wear-and-tear or injury. Because your shoulder is made up of many moving parts, damage in any area can cause widespread pain. 

How can I avoid shoulder surgery?

Regenerative orthopedic care at Explore Health may help you avoid shoulder surgery so you can get back to an active lifestyle. Dr. Nelson uses this nonsurgical approach to help you naturally strengthen and repair all the components of your shoulder. 

With stronger ligaments and tendons, you get greatly improved joint stability. This keeps your shoulder healthy and strong to optimize your range-of-motion and remove your pain. 

Many Explore Health patients were told by previous providers that they have bone-on-bone contact, and that shoulder replacement surgery was their only option. But, after regenerative orthopedic care with Dr. Nelson, they got such great results that they canceled elective shoulder replacement surgery. 

How does regenerative orthopedics work for shoulder pain?

At Explore Health, Dr. Nelson uses a variety of regenerative medicine approaches to relieve your shoulder pain, including: 


Prolotherapy jump-starts your natural restorative abilities. Through prolotherapy injections, your shoulder tendons and ligaments naturally grow stronger and regenerate damaged tissue. This, in turn, stabilizes your shoulder joint and relieves your pain as well as improving your overall range-of-motion. 

Prolotherapy injections contain multiple ingredients that encourage healing, such as saline, dextrose, Sarapin, and anesthetic. 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

Dr. Nelson takes a small amount of your blood to create a PRP solution for injection. The concentrated platelets in PRP play a critical role in blood clotting and wound healing. They also introduce significant growth factors to your damaged tissue, which encourages rapid regeneration. 

Stem cell-derived exosomes

Stem cells can morph into all types of cells, which is why they’re often part of healing. Your stem cells produce exosomes, which work as messengers to other cells, prompting many cells to go to work at one time for tissue regeneration. 

Dr. Nelson injects a highly concentrated exosome formula, which gives you the most important stem cell benefit precisely where you need regeneration.


Viscosupplementation is an effective treatment for shoulder pain related to osteoarthritis. Combining prolotherapy, PRP, stem cell-derived exosomes, and viscosupplementation is the most effective and comprehensive way to treat osteoarthritis available today. 

In viscosupplementation, Dr. Nelson injects a substance called hyaluronic acid into your shoulder joint. Your body produces hyaluronic acid naturally, but when you have osteoarthritis, you often don't have enough of it. Synthetic hyaluronic acid, like its natural form, encourages smooth joint movement through lubrication and shock absorption.

To place your regenerative medicine with the utmost precision, Dr. Nelson uses ultrasound guidance.

Dr. Nelson is a regenerative medicine expert who can help you live without shoulder pain. Call Explore Health or use the online booking tool for help now.