PRP or Platelet-Rich Plasma
PRP is blood that has been enriched with platelets. PRP contains various growth factors that can stimulate healing.
How does it work?
When the body is injured, a complex set of events occur in which the damaged tissue is broken down and removed, while new tissue is created. Some parts of the body are prone to poor healing – tendons and ligaments especially. Additionally, some people have an imbalance between breakdown and healing where the body tends to break down more than heal. PRP contains a complex array of growth factors that promote healing rather than painful inflammation and breakdown. PRP is an injection of potential – the patient must utilize the PRP to its full potential by adjusting their lifestyle, especially with proper exercise, to promote on-going healing beyond PRP which will provide an initial boost to that process.
What conditions can be treated with PRP?
Painful tendons, ligaments, and joints can be stimulated to heal with PRP.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell Therapy is becoming more and more popular, to the point of exaggeration in many cases. Nonetheless, it is promising for the same indications as PRP to boost the healing process even more. Intuitively the idea is that stem cells self propagate into the types of cells needed. However, based on research done, stem cells seem to exert a different effect where they help coordinate and stimulate the body’s own healing process even beyond what PRP is capable of accomplishing.
What conditions can be treated with Stem Cell Therapy?
The same conditions as PRP.
Top FAQs about Stem Cells:
Q. Nothing else has worked. Are stem cells the answer?
A. Probably not. There is a lot of false propaganda about how stem cells are a panacea. One day that may be true. Currently the field is in its earliest stages. It has potential for promoting healing and for that reason our office is willing to provide the therapies to fully informed patients. However, we do not expect miracles. Stem cells may help your painful joint, tendon, or ligamentous condition, especially if you use the injection as a spark to engage in a healthy lifestyle that will promote the healing potential of the cells. However, it should be used as an adjunctive treatment only, not a replacement for standard medical care.
Q. Is the use of stem cells ethical?
A. Our office uses adult stem cells. There is no religious ethical concern associated with this type of cell.
Q. Is the use of stem cells safe?
A. Probably. A lot of advertisements for stem cells suggest it is perfectly safe with no risk for complications. There is no such thing as a medical treatment without risks, side effects, or complications. While rare in the medical literature thus far, all studies of stem cells have been too small to definitively say that stem cell injection therapy is completely safe. It may eventually come to light that stem cell injection therapy is harmful. We do not believe that will happen, and for that reason we are willing to provide the treatment to patients willing to take that small but real risk in hopes that stem cells may bring them some healing and relief.