Stem Cell Therapy Is a Non-Surgical Alternative
Here's What You Need to Know
What is Platelet Rich Plasma or Stem Cell Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a type of regenerative cell therapy that uses an above-baseline concentration of the platelets that are present in the patient’s blood plasma to promote cell regeneration and promote healing. For this therapy, the patient’s blood is collected, spun in a centrifuge, and the resulting platelet rich plasma is re-injected at the area of the injury or debilitation. This innovative therapy offers patients a safe, natural alternative to drugs or surgery in treating acute or chronic joint pain. This innovative treatment also speeds up healing in the case of injury or trauma and helps avoid complications during the healing process.
The Science Behind the Treatment
Platelet rich plasma treatment has been shown to be effective in treating degenerative conditions, injuries and other types of trauma to the body’s tissues [1,2,3] Because it contains platelet-derived growth factor, epithelial growth factor, fibroblast growth factor and transforming growth factors , platelet rich plasma increases collagen synthesis and activates tissue-healing pathways. This helps promote faster and more complete healing, while decreasing the likelihood of infection.
What Health Conditions Can Be Treated?
Orthopedic conditions such as osteoarthritis of the spine, shoulder, hip and knee; tendinitis; bursitis; rotator cuff injuries; ACL injuries; chronic plantar fasciitis; and tennis elbow are examples of some of the conditions that may be safely and naturally treated using platelet rich plasma therapy. These therapies have brought many of our patients’ relief from pain and tightness, while accelerating the natural healing process.
The procedure involves collecting a small blood sample, in much the same way as would be done during any blood test, preparing that blood by spinning it in a centrifuge, and injecting it into and around the area(s) that require treatment. The injected plasma, which contains a high concentration of beneficial platelets and other tissue growth and healing factors, goes straight to work encouraging healing in the affected area. The procedure is safe, with no danger of rejection since your own blood is used.
What to Expect?
Since every condition and every case is unique, one-size-fits-all predictions can not be made regarding specific results. However, on average, after a brief period of rest and recovery– accompanied by avoidance of excessive physical activity– most patients experience some level of improvement in their condition, with reduced joint pain and stiffness and increased range of motion. Occasionally, depending upon the specific condition, a brace or splint may be needed for a few days following the procedure, and/or post-procedure physical therapy and rehabilitative exercises may be required to build strength [5,6], helping to maximize the enhanced healing properties that have been provided by their platelet rich plasma therapy treatment.