STEM CELL THERAPY
The regenerative process begins by injecting the stem cells into the patient’s injured muscle, tendon, or joint to start the healing processes of injured tissues. Proteins, growth factors, and other healing mediators are released by injected stem cells, which stimulate your stem cells to grow and divide, resulting in healing of tissue, suppression of inflammation, and suppression of immune responses associated with pain. Stem cells have been shown clinically and scientifically to support soft tissue repair, reduce inflammation and minimize scar formation. PRP is often used in combination with stem cell therapy to provide the body with the materials essential to maximize and support the body’s natural regenerative healing processes to injured and damaged tissues.
PLATELET-RICH PLASMA THERAPY
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy utilizes platelets taken from the patient’s blood to heal damaged tendons or cartilage. This results in PRP not only relieving pain but also jump-starting the healing process by directly providing healing mediators to damaged tissue.
Patients have enjoyed great success when receiving this therapy in place of surgery, steroid injections, or injections of hyaluronic acid. This amazing therapy consists of the careful extraction of concentrated platelets and other regenerative factors from your blood. These cells and regenerative factors are then re-suspended in a small volume of your blood plasma and then applied to the treatment site.
Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Hip and Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow, Joint Injuries, Ligament, Cartilage, and Tendon Injuries, and Back and Neck Pain.
The PRP injection procedure is performed in the doctor’s office. The blood is drawn, and then the PRP is prepared by using a special centrifuge to provide the highest concentration and quality of PRP available. The injection site is aseptically cleaned and then locally anesthetized. Using ultrasound guidance, the physician will introduce the PRP into the affected area using a small gauge needle. The physician will then provide post-procedure instructions which will include avoiding NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and rest.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Once the PRP was injected, a collection of concentrated growth factors and other active healing mediators migrate to the injured tissues and a healing cascade occurs, causing active tissue repair. This process goes on for several weeks after just one application. Patients generally have some mild post-procedure discomfort for a few days, and then begin to see improvement in pain and mobility after 4 to 6 weeks, with continued healing and improvement for up to 6 months. Most patients are satisfied with one treatment but it is common to have multiple treatments for larger defects or complicated injuries. Many patients can avoid surgery when using these treatment options.