Regenerative Therapy- Stem Cell & Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
What is Regenerative Injection Therapy?
The most common regenerative injection therapies are Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Therapy which, with the right conditions, have been proven to augment healing. These procedures allow a concentration of your own stems cells or growth factors to target damaged or deteriorated tissue. Pain reduction and return of function occur as your stem cells and growth factors repair and regrow the area. Injection therapies that stimulate the body to heal itself are poised to replace steroid injections – and surgeries – and are emerging as “the future of medicine.”
Regenerative Injection Therapies are performed on an outpatient basis, requiring no down time. The procedures are extremely safe, take less than an hour, and recovery entails simply allowing your body to begin the healing process as you continue about your life. There are virtually no restrictions and healing begins immediately.
Stem Cell Therapy
When fetuses form in utero, the process begins with stem cells. These undifferentiated cells migrate to the appropriate body part and “grow into” the cell type used to build a specific tissue. These cells are called fetal stem cells. As adults, our bodies also manufacture undifferentiated cells that possess the ability to develop into a specific cell type. Adipose tissue, or body fat, offers an excellent, easily harvestable, source of these adult stem cells.
Once harvested, the concentrated stem cells are reinjected into damaged joints under x-ray or Ultrasound. New cartilage, tendons, ligaments, bone and fibrous connective tissues begin to grow immediately but you may not feel a reduction in pain from this process for 4-6 weeks. This process of regeneration results in new tissue growth, healing, and progressive pain relief.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
When injury or trauma occurs, your body calls on platelets to repair the area. Platelets, the master healing component of blood, contain growth factors that work to reduce inflammation and repair damage. When this process is disrupted, repair subsides and eventually ceases. Damaged tissues leave you with unresolved inflammation and pain.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) utilizes your own blood’s growth factors to repair damage tissues. PRP Therapy is a brief, uncomplicated, outpatient procedure. A board certified physician will direct the process of a simple blood draw and separation of platelets from other blood components. The physician will then inject your concentrated platelets into the injured area under X-ray or Ultrasound. Repair will begin immediately but it may take up to 6 weeks to feel a reduction in pain.
Which Regenerative Therapy Option is Right for You?
Stem cell therapy works well to regenerate, or regrow, tissues that are present but deteriorating. For example, joint wear from overuse or aging (commonly knees, hips, and shoulders) can lead to tissue atrophy, resulting in pain and loss of function. Stem cell therapy may help your body rebuild these tissues, reducing pain and restoring function.
PRP therapy is natural way to boost your body’s healing powers for conditions such as tendonitis and other sports injuries. An organic way to speed healing, many athletes rely on PRP to restore function with reduced down time.
For advanced or severe conditions, sometimes a combination of stem cell therapy and PRP is most effective. Your physician will perform a thorough evaluation, describe the options, and help guide you to optimal healing.