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Stem Cell and Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP Therapy), is used for various problems, such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries. In the past these types of conditions have typically been treated with medications, physical therapy, or even surgery, but at Advanced Health and Wellness Center we’ve found Stem Cell and PRP Therapy to be very successful.

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells are cells in your body that have not yet differentiated into a specific type of cell. We obtain them from either the patient’s own adipose tissue or bone marrow. So, stem cells can transform into any type of cell when placed in the right environment.

Stem Cell Therapy can be used to reduce pain and rebuild any injured joints, muscles or bones. Injections of this sort have anti-inflammatory characteristics to accompany the natural healing and pain relief that stem cell treatment provides. These shots are similar to cortisone and steroid shots, but with one HUGE difference. Stem cell repair is almost always permanent and offers long-term relief while the other injections only offer pain reduction in the short-term.

What Is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)?

Although blood is mainly a liquid – called plasma, it also contains small solid components – red cells, white cells, and platelets. The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.

PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual.

To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood.

How Does It Work?

The increased concentration of growth factors in Stem Cell and PRP can speed up the healing process. To speed healing to the injury site, Stem Cells or PRP can be carefully injected into the injured area.

What Conditions are Treated?

Shoulder – Elbow – Wrist – Hand

  • Acromioclavicular joint injury
  • Bicipital tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Joint pain from other systemic disease (ex: injured joint from gout, old fracture)
  • Neuroma/other nerve pain
  • Old fractures/breaks/injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

Hip – Knee – Ankle – Feet

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bedsores, pressure ulcers
  • Bursitis
  • Foot ulcers caused by diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, injury
  • Heel spurs (plantar fasciitis)
  • Joint pain from other systemic disease
  • Knee pain from unresolved ligament injury
  • Neuroma/other nerve pain
  • Old fractures/breaks/injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain/inflammation of ball of foot (metatarsalgia)
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Shin splints (Osgood-Schlatter disease)
  • Tendinitis
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Ulcers caused by diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, injury

There are many other conditions that this therapy can benefit, as well. Reach out to us if you have any questions about your specific condition.

Is It Effective?

Typically, in our patients, Stem Cell and PRP Therapy is very effective. But the results can vary. Factors that can influence the effectiveness of Stem Cell and PRP treatment include:

  • The area of the body being treated
  • The overall health of the patient
  • Whether the injury is acute (such as from a fall) or chronic (an injury developing over time)

To find out if Stem Cell or PRP Therapy could benefit you be sure to register for one of our upcoming Webinars, or contact us today at (330) 336-9500 to set up a free consultation.