Your body could be the powerful tool you need to heal your pain. Over the past few decades, researchers and doctors have been learning new ways to use your body’s own stem cells to promote healing and new cell growth. These advancements in non-operative treatment options can speed up the healing process and sometimes help you get back to activities without surgery.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, or PRP, uses your body’s own healing mechanisms to accelerate healing and offer solutions to pain relief. PRP has been used for many years, but recent advancements now allow our doctors to customize these treatments, making the healing process quicker.
How Does PRP Work?
PRP therapy uses your body’s own blood, which is drawn in our office and then spun through a process called centrifugation, which concentrates the blood’s platelets. Platelets are types of cells within your blood that contain growth and healing factors. This concentration of platelets is then reintroduced to the blood sample and injected into the patient at the site of injury.
When concentrated and injected, these platelets release growth factors into the injured or damaged area, which promotes healing and can reduces the need for surgery. The goal of PRP treatment is to trigger your body into healing itself faster.
What Conditions are Treated with PRP?
PRP treatments are typically used to promote a faster healing process for injuries that likely would have healed on their own. Some common types of conditions PRP may be useful in healing include:
- Chronic tendon injuries
- Knee arthritis
- Acute ligament and muscle injuries (such as severely pulled hamstring)
- Healing after surgery
Another treatment option that uses your body’s own tissue to promote healing is MSC, or Mesenchymal Stem Cell therapy. MSC allows repair of tissue damage for injuries that would be unable to heal in time on their own.
How MSC Works
MSC is performed using your bone marrow. Similar to the platelet sample in PRP, the marrow is spun into a concentrated form, called bone marrow concentrate, which contains a concentration of stem cells. The stem cells are then processed in a culture lab and are ready for use in a few weeks.
Once processed, the stem cells are injected in the damaged area and will begin regenerating tissue.
Our surgeons offer both therapies to provide a customized solution for each individual condition. Ask your surgeon about the therapy options available to you.