PRP/Stem Cell Therapy

Understand Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

What Are Platelets?

Platelets are one of the components of blood which help stop bleeding. They also store signaling molecules (such as growth factors and cytokines), which help support tissue repair and growth.   Without these signaling molecules, stem cells and other regenerative supporting cells in your body cannot perform their job. Your own platelets from your body are used for the procedure. Your body frequently generates platelets, so harvesting them will not affect your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Our process of harvesting and concentrating platelets is performed just prior to your procedure and only takes 15 minutes.

Where Platelets Come From

Platelets circulate throughout the whole body within your blood. When you get a cut, platelets are one of the main reasons you are able to heal. The signaling molecules inside of platelets help direct stem cells to repair or form new tissue such as bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, heart, blood vessels, and nerves.

Why Do We Use Whole Blood?

Whole blood is easy and relatively painless to obtain. It also contains a large number of platelets. Although you have billions of platelets in your blood, studies have shown that it may be beneficial to concentrate these platelets to form a biologic called Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in order to obtain a sufficient amount. There are also other molecules in your plasma (the liquid portion of your blood) which help fight inflammation and the progression of tissue damage. We use a centrifuge which separates and concentrates these platelets from other components of your blood.

Understand Stem Cell/CBMA Therapy

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

A stem cell is an immature cell the body can use for different healing purposes. Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine used to repair damaged cells within the body and taps into the ability of one's own stem cells and their natural growth factors. The mesenchymal stem cells are taken from your own fat or bone marrow. These cells are able to form into new bone, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage at the site that they are injected into.

What Are Regenerative Stem Cells?

Some regenerative cells can multiply themselves and transform into various types of tissue. Other types of regenerative cells help these tissue forming cells to perform their duties. You have regenerative cells throughout your body. They orchestrate tissue formation such as bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, heart, blood vessels, and nerves. They are the reason why we can heal ourselves.

Where Do The Cells Come From?

Your own cells from your body are used for your procedure. The richest source for these cells are in bone marrow and fat. The process of collecting and concentrating blood and bone marrow aspirate is performed during your procedure and only takes 15 minutes.

Why Do We Use Bone Marrow Aspirate?

Cells that are found in your bone marrow have the ability to help new bone, cartilage, and soft tissue to form. Bone marrow also contains platelets, which store signaling molecules that these cells need in order to perform their duty. A centrifuge is used to separate and concentrate cellular components to form the concentrated bone marrow aspirate (CBMA).

Conditions For PRP & Stem Cell Therapy

  • Degenerative Osteoarthritis of Joints
  • Sprained Joints
  • Soft Tissue / Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Discogenic  Back Pain
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Herniated Disc
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy
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