There has been a lot of buzz around stem cells and their use in orthopedic medicine, but most people haven’t heard of PRP or how it can be used in conjunction with stem cell therapy to deliver a powerful treatment to speed up the healing process. Here are some facts so that you can understand how this process works.
What Is PRP?
PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is developed from the patient’s own blood. After being drawn, it is placed in a centrifuge that separates and concentrates the platelets. These are then suspended in the drawn plasma for injection to the joint or injury.
What are the benefits of PRP?
If you’re not familiar with PRP treatments, you may be wondering if it has any benefits as a stand alone treatment. Absolutely! PRP can do some of the same things that stem cells do, such as improved function, decreased pain, reduced inflammation, and increased range of motion. PRP has also been used in other specialty areas of medicine.
So why do I need stem cells?
It might seem like overkill to get both PRP and stem cell injections when they both do the same thing. However, when used together, the end result is usually a much faster healing process. Studies have shown that PRP boosts the effectiveness and speed of the stem cell therapy. If you want the best possible results, injections that include both are the most beneficial.
Do you want to see if PRP and stem cell therapy is right for you? Contact us today to schedule your initial examination.