Delay or Replace the Need for Surgery
At Orthopedic Centers of America, our highly-respected and leading orthopedic specialists are trained in best practices for orthopedic care and have advanced knowledge about regenerative medicine concerning the natural way in which the body heals. While the field of regenerative medicine is still relatively new, there have been many successful applications of stem cell therapies and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and these often result in faster pain relief and recovery times without having an invasive surgical procedure.
At Orthopedic Centers of America, it is important that we match you with a Regenerative Medicine Orthopedic Specialist in your area that you can trust. If you are experiencing pain or have an injury, call 1-888-549-0835 to speak to a patient coordinator today. Ask if you are a candidate for PRP Therapy or Stem Cell Therapy. You will be glad you did!
Medicine is advancing at a rapid pace and evolving to show that the body has an inherent ability to heal itself from injury. As we age, however, the body’s ability to replenish old cells with newer ones gets slower. It is for this reason that cells are harvested from bone marrow or taken from your blood. When these cells are placed at the precise point of injury or pain, they carry the signals needed to turn on the healing process in that environment.
It is not always cells that are needed to provide the signal to the injured area to evoke the healing cascade in the muscles, tissues or bone. For this reason, your physician will determine and personalize the most effective regenerative medicine treatment for your situation.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is created by your physician from your blood and injected into the area that is injured. An anesthetic is used so the injection is not painful.
Most people are aware that blood has red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, it is also rich in growth factors and regenerative proteins that provide the necessary healing messages to the injured area. Proteins, called cytokines, are secreted by cells and have specific interactions and communication in the process. If you immediately feel relief from pain from PRP therapy, it is because the cytokines stopped the pain. It is important, then, to follow your orthopedic specialist’s instructions concerning future activity because the repair process takes time to complete.
How is PRP Used?
PRP can be used alone as an injection directly into the site of injury or it can be combined with surgery to improve and speed the healing process. The risks associated with PRP are the same as an injection; however, the benefits of addressing the root cause of pain with PRP makes it a preferred option.
How Does PRP Work?
When the fibers of a tendon or muscle are strained or torn, they bleed. That blood carries platelets, growth factors and proteins to the injured tendon or muscle causing it to start the healing process. Muscles and tendons need to repair themselves in layers of organized fibers to be flexible and strong.
When the damaged area does not heal properly and you experience pain, it is because enough blood did not reach the area to allow collagen to form multiple layers of new fibers. In these cases, scar tissue forms instead. Because scar tissue does not contain the small capillaries to carry blood through it, pain is felt and increases as more scar tissue grows.
PRP is effective because the orthopedic specialist or an ultrasound technologist will use an ultrasound probe to find the exact spot where the scar tissue is located. This diagnosis and image from the ultrasound allows the orthopedic specialist to place the PRP in the precise area of scar tissue. The presence of PRP initiates the surrounding tissue to start the repair process, and the body heals in a natural manner. The benefits of this therapy include the ability to reach the exact injured area and provide the blood flow necessary for healing. Additionally, it works to speed the healing that would eventually occul over a longer period.
At Orthopedic Centers of America, we care about your desire to get back to your daily activities without enduring pain. Call 1-888-549-0835 to speak to a patient coordinator today and ask if you are a candidate for PRP therapy. In some cases, this non-surgical procedure may eliminate or delay the need for surgery. Get Relief! Life Awaits.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is a more advanced regenerative medicine application and works similarly to PRP. The difference is that stem cells and repair proteins are harvested from the bone marrow and placed at the site of injury.
What are Stem Cells?
All cells divide to create new cells that are an exact copy of themselves. Stem cells, however, can either divide and make a copy of themselves or make a copy of a different kind of cell. So, if the stem cells are placed in an injured muscle, there is a strong likelihood that they will divide and make new muscle cells.
There are different types of cells being studied and used in medicine today as this is a relatively new field. It is important to differentiate the kinds of cells used by doctors in the Orthopedic Centers of America network. The sources of cells are
Adults cells (2 kinds):
- Autologous (meaning from your own body): these are most often the source of cells and they come from your bone marrow or blood.
- Allogeneic (meaning from a donor): in some cases, your bone marrow cells are not sufficient to repair. These cells may come from umbilical cords which are rich with growth factors and cells. At this time, Orthopedic Centers of America has doctors only using autologous cells as that method of cell sourcing has been around for decades (bone marrow transplant) and is the most proven method, at least until studies advance more in the U.S.
Bone marrow has a unique blend of the repair components that improve the regeneration of damaged muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons. For this reason, bone marrow rather than PRP may be used to treat an injury or chronic pain.
Common Stem Cell Treatments
Stem cell therapy may be a treatment option for orthopedic indications that include but are not limited to the following:
- Knee – arthritis, meniscus tears, tendon and ligament tears, overuse injuries
- Hip – injuries, arthritis, bursitis and other degenerative conditions
- Shoulder – arthritis, rotator cuff tears and other shoulder conditions
- Spine and Cervical Conditions: back pain, pain from bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc or a torn disc
- Elbow – injuries, overuse conditions and arthritis (tendon and ligament issues)
- Hand/Wrist – arthritis and other conditions
- Foot/Ankle – ligament tears, sprains and instability of the ankle joint
- Non-union fractures
There are many benefits of using regenerative medicine applications such as PRP or stem cell therapy. The following are a few:
- Pain relief
- In office or outpatient procedure
- No hospital stay
- Healing process is accelerated
- Natural process that addresses the root of the injury
- Use of your own cells
- No risk of rejection
- Harnesses your body’s own natural healing ability
- No transmission of communicable diseases
The risks of PRP and Stem Cell Therapy are no more than the risks of other injections. The bone marrow harvest procedure carries the risks associated from the administration of local anesthesia.
Bone Marrow Harvest Procedure
Bone marrow stem cells are gathered through a needle placed in the iliac crest or hip bone. A local anesthesia is used to minimize pain. You may feel a sensation of pressure, but it is not painful. This brief procedure may be preceded by the administration of an oral pill to increase the number of stem cells in your bone marrow. Since stem cells residing in the bone marrow decline as we age, a pill or injection may be used to stimulate stem cell production in anticipation of a harvest for your injury.
At Orthopedic of America, we only provide orthopedic procedures that are allowed by the FDA. You can trust us to match you with an orthopedic specialist whose expertise in regenerative medicine will guide you to choose a procedure with which you are comfortable. Call 1-888-549-0835 to speak to a patient coordinator today and be matched with a regenerative medicine orthopedic specialist near you.
Orthopedic Centers of America does not participate in cells sourced from Embryonic, Umbilical Cord Blood/Placental Tissue, Amniotic Fluid, or Amniotic Tissue. Only adult cells from one’s own body are used in these treatments.