Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are a type of cell in the body that have the ability to divide and turn into other types of desirable cells. For instance, if your heart tissue sustains cellular damage, nearby stem cells will naturally turn themselves into new heart cells to attempt to repair the damage. By injecting a controlled amount of adult stem cells into a damaged joint or muscle, regenerative techniques aim to facilitate and expedite the healing process and become stronger, without the need for surgery. The stem cells that we harvest from you are called mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and can specialize into cartilage, ligament, tendon, bone, fat, muscle and other connective tissues. Stem cell treatments have been shown to be especially effective in dealing with the inflammatory component of degenerative arthritis. The treatment has also been suggested to be effective in hair regrowth and anti-aging applications of the face.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cells are not the same; however, both are critical in activating the body’s own natural healing response. PRP refers to cells called platelets, which help your body form clots to stop bleeding. Platelets and the liquid plasma they’re bathed in are the vehicles for growth factor transport and, once activated, release growth factors required for healing.
When a PRP injection is performed, a physician uses the patient’s own blood to separate platelets in a centrifuge. The platelets are then re-injected into the injured area, releasing growth factors that promote natural tissue healing.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, many famous athletes like Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal and others have received PRP for various conditions such as sprained ligaments (like knees) and chronic tendon injuries. Some athletes have credited PRP with being able to return more quickly to competition.