What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets, cells that circulate within our blood and bind together when they recognize damaged blood vessels. As a concentrated source of autologous platelets, PRP contains several different growth factors and other cytokines that stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue.

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are a class of undifferentiated cells that are able to differentiate into specialized cell types. Commonly, stem cells come from two main sources:

  • -Embryos formed during the blastocyst phase of embryological development (embryonic stem cells) and
  • -Adult tissue (adult stem cells).

Both types are generally characterized by their potency, or potential to differentiate into different cell types (such as skin, muscle, bone, etc.).

Are adult stem cells as good as embryonic stem cells in treatment?

Embryonic stem cells and adult or tissue-specific stem cells have very different characteristics. Not every stem cell will be able to do everything. Embryonic stem cells have the ability to become any cell type in the body, which makes them especially interesting to stem cell researchers, but they need to be directed into a more mature cell type to be a useful treatment. Tissue-specific stem cells are already specialized and generally can only become a limited number of cells types. It is important to study both embryonic and tissue-specific stem cells to determine which cell types will be best suited to treat which diseases.

What conditions are treated with PRP and Stem Cell Therapy?

There are many conditions that can be improved by PRP and Stem Cell Therapy including common Orthopedic conditions  such as back  and neck pain, osteoarthritis, bursitis, rotator cuff, tendonitis, tennis elbow, Achilles Tendon, heel spur syndrome, ACL injuries, hip and spine , pelvic pain and instability,  ankle and other ligament/tendon injury.

What results can I expect?

Every patient will respond differently to this treatment depending on type of injury, age and severity of the damage.  The goal of PRP and Stem Cell is to resolve pain through healing the source rather than masking the symptoms.  Improvement will be seen over a few weeks after the procedure and will gradually improve as the cells have time to repair and heal the damage.  Research studies have shown PRP to be very effective at relieving pain and healing injury so people can return to their normal activities.

How does PRP Therapy help?

Platelets are a normal part of our blood and called into action when there is damage to tissue in our body.  These specialized cells are packed with growth and healing factors that initiate repair and attract the assistance of stem cells that also greatly promote healing.  PRP therapy’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a much higher concentration of Platelets.

How do stem cells work?

Adult stem cells have the ability to self-renew, or divide, to replenish dying tissue of specialized cell types. They can be considered our own built-in repair systems that regenerate cells damaged by disease, injury, and everyday wear-and-tear. Once adult stem cells are administered to the body, they respond to inflammatory signals secreted by damage cells. Ultimately, adult stem cells replenish these damaged cells. Unlike traditional treatments offering less than optimal options, this revolutionary procedure gathers stem cells from their most abundant source, thus ensuring survival.

What should I expect during my PRP procedure/ Stem Cell Procedure?

The process for obtaining a PRP sample for injection involved having your blood drawn (similar to having normal lab test) except that we will draw a larger sample.  This blood we collect will then be placed in a device that will spin the blood to separate the red blood cells from the Platelet Rich Plasma.    Once it is separated, we can easily separate the Plasma from the other cells and then inject into and around the point of injury.  This will then trigger the body to naturally begin the healing process in those tissues and use these highly concentrated cells to heal the area.  Because you are using your own blood, there is no risk of transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.

The process for collecting a Stem Cell sample is little more involved than PRP.  For Stem Cell, your Physician will either collect a sample of cells from your hip bone or your fat tissue. Both procedures are done under sterile conditions and do not require sedation.   Ask your Physician if you would like to discuss these procedures in more detail.

Can I afford this therapy?

These procedures can be priced from $700 upwards of $4000 depending on the type of procedure and severity of the condition.  While this may sound expensive at first glance, what is your health and lifestyle worth to you?  These types of therapies can drastically reduce your daily pain and get you back to the activities you love; it just may be worth the cost involved to you.  These types of procedures are generally cash pay (with the exception of some Work Comp and personal injury carriers).  On a case by case basis, some patients may be granted a formal payment plan to help reduce the financial impact.  Speak to an office representative for more information.

How long does the procedure take?

Typically from arrive to discharge from the clinic, it can range anywhere from 1-2 hours. The procedure itself takes only few minutes and the rest is prep time. Most people are able to return to their jobs and normal activities right after the procedure.

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