Did you know that there is a treatment that could be more effective than physical therapy alone and may prevent the need for invasive surgery? Enter stem cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP). These natural components in the body are responsible for cell division and repair and facilitate the natural healing process.
The stem cells and PRP that are used come from your own body. That means that there is no risk of rejection or complications from the actual stem cells and PRP. Even if you don’t get the results you were expecting, you should notice some improvement, and there is virtually no risk.
Stem cells are most often taken from your hip, fat cells, or blood. Platelet rich plasma is created by drawing blood from the patient, placing it in a centrifuge to remove and concentrate the platelets, then suspending those platelets in your own plasma for injection into the affected joint.
PRP aids the stem cells in knowing their purpose. The stem cells injected into your joint have many different potential purposes. Since these cells are being introduced into the joint, they have to be “told” what to do. Doctors can sometimes use PRP to direct the stem cells in their purpose.
Stem cells and PRP work together to relieve joint pain, stiffness, and range of motion. It can take several weeks before you notice a major improvement, but you could see signs that it is working much sooner. The stem cells can actually slow or stop the loss of cartilage in the joint, heal tears or strains in connective tissues, and may actually reverse the damage already done by arthritis.
If you are interested in learning more about this innovative treatment, contact us today to schedule an exam and consultation.