Regenerative Therapy Injections - Stem Cells and PRP Treatment

September 12th, 2018 - Posted to Spine

Stem cells and PRP treatment, either separately, or in combination constitute what might be considered life-changing solutions, especially to individuals suffering from some kind of chronic pain.

Both treatments start from the premise of one’s own body doing most of the healing, with the physician only coordinating the process or giving it a boost, so to speak.

These types of therapies involve a non-surgical injection using, in accordance with each case, either the patient’s stem cells, or the growth and healing factors found in their own blood plasma. PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, and Stem Cell Therapy represent the 2 most widely known forms of therapy based on a regenerative injection.

When You Should Get Stem Cells and PRP Treatment

The premise of stem cells and PRP treatment is, primarily, to reduce pain and to improve compromised functions of the body. These forms of therapy could provide repair and regrowth to targeted deteriorated areas. Frequently corrected with stem cells or PRP are conditions and injuries such as:

  • arthritis
  • osteoarthritis
  • tendonitis
  • spine conditions
  • herniated disc
  • ankle sprains
  • pelvic pain and instability
  • heel pain 
  • muscle injuries 
  • burns 
  • antiaging

In the case of severe types of injuries, your doctor might recommend therapy that would combine stem cells and PRP treatment for a stronger effect. However, it should be understood that the end goal is to engage the most efficient way of healing, and if undergoing one type of therapy or the other will do that, then there would be no need to disrupt your body’s healing abilities with excessive and pointless mixtures.

How Stem Cells and PRP Treatment Work

In order to proceed with the therapy sessions, in the case of stem cells, they would have to be harvested from either the patient’s fat tissue or from their bone marrow, while with PRP, the physician takes blood from the patient’s vein then places it in a centrifuge to divide the platelets. The processes then become identical, with an injection being prepared and administered to the damaged areas under imaging from X-ray or Ultrasound.

It is a possibility that your physician would argue that combining Stem Cell and PRP Therapy will optimize the results. Such treatment had already been successfully carried out with both animals and humans. The treatment might be administered to the patient through one or more of the following methods:

  • intravenous (intrinsic issues)
  • local (joints and skin issues)
  • nebulizer (lung issues)

In regard to how long such treatment would usually take for results to be visible, it should be noted that the conditions and medical histories vary from patient to patient. That being said, even if the healing process starts just as the injection is administered, the patient will only feel pain dispersing after about 6 weeks because, as opposed to the methods of traditional medicine, the focus is not on the pain per se, but on the betterment of that which causes the pain.

The Benefits of Stem Cells and PRP Treatment

Stem cells and PRP treatment begin the process of healing your affected areas immediately and, ultimately, reduce the pain without much being demanded from the patient. There are no risky anesthesia practices and no long hospital stays. A few appealing factors about these therapies would be:

  • non-surgical intervention
  • little recovery time
  • tissue regeneration
  • little or no pain medication
  • low risk of disease transmission
  • low risk of immunogenic reaction

To achieve the wanted results, it is important to pay attention to post-therapy conduct and to strictly follow the instructions given by your doctor. Treatments that allow the body to do most of the healing itself, such as the ones based on stem cells and PRP, have provided results that could compete or rise above those documented by more traditional approaches.