04 Feb Stem Cell Research
Orthopedic stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that has gained particular attention the past few decades due to promising results. Our services at Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Preservation include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy. This is a non-surgical technique that helps to heal degenerative or acute damage in the joint. Many high-profile athletes such as Rafael Nadal, Tiger Woods, and several others have benefited from the use of platelet-rich plasma. PRP has grown in popularity over time and has become an increasingly effective method for tackling the degenerative joint disease in patients. If you are looking for an orthopedist in Nassau County certified in platelet-rich plasma administration and stem cell therapy, visit us at Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Preservation.
What is the difference between Platelet-Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Therapy?
For PRP injections, a certified physician centrifuges that patient’s blood to extract healing platelets, which are involved in clotting the blood during the healing process. The platelets are then re-injected to the patient’s injured, area and this process can release growth factors to encourage the body to heal on its own.
Stem cell therapy, on the other hand, involves using the patient’s stem cells, or undifferentiated cells, from the bone marrow or fat tissue in addition to platelets. These stem cells, mixed with platelets, can produce regenerative cartilage which is then injected into the damaged tissue to promote healing.
What does the current research show?
Current research in a recent 2017 study by the NIH showed that PRP and stem-cell therapy has many advantages including easy extraction and proliferation from the body, multi-lineage potential in successful recreating cartilage tissue, and ability to generate in hypoxic conditions. This means that stem-cell research and PRP has unlimited potential, although currently healing is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Conditions Treated with PRP Therapy
- Chronic plantar fasciitis
- Anterior cruciate ligament injuries (ACL)
- Tennis elbow
- Ankle Sprains
- Ligament Sprains
Conditions Treated with Stem Cell Therapy
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Degenerative joint disease
- Labral Tears
- Trigger finger
- Partial rotator cuff tears
- Meniscal disease
What to expect for PRP injections and stem-cell therapy?
An orthopedist in Nassau County will draw a sample of your blood, typically 20ml. The blood is then put into a centrifuge, and the separation takes about 15 minutes. The blood is then separated for injection, and the practitioner will use ultrasound to identify the injured area for the best point of insertion. Typically this procedure is done at an office, and you can resume regular activity shortly afterward, potentially with results seen within the same day.
For stem-cell therapy, cells are aspirated from either fat tissue or the bone marrow. Typically, lidocaine is used to perform this procedure with minimal pain. How often to repeat injections is usually on a case-by-case basis, but patients usually find full recovery after six months with doses 3-6 weeks apart for PRP. Your doctor will harvest these cells and mix them with platelet-rich plasma to be injected using ultrasound guidance to the damaged tissue. Immunodeficient conditions should be considered before trying regenerative medicine, so talk to your orthopedist in Nassau County if you have a history of cancer, HIV/AIDS, or other conditions.
Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Preservation offers PRP and stem-cell therapy to help alleviate your pain. Our surgeon is certified in providing regenerative medicine therapy, and our patients have felt a real difference after treatment. If you are looking for an orthopedist in Nassau County, contact us today to find out more about how we can help you feel your best!