How Stem Cell and PRP Therapy Relieve Orthopedic Pain

Regenerative medicine focuses on developing methods to repair or replace damaged or diseased cells, tissues, and organs. Stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy are part of this exciting field of medicine, and both are useful in orthopedic medicine. 

At the Encino, California, office of Dr. Stem Cell, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Bruce Fishman, MD, MPH, FICS, offers stem cell and PRP therapy as treatment options to alleviate pain and improve functioning in certain orthopedic conditions when other treatments have failed.

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is revolutionizing how doctors treat orthopedic conditions. It uses a concentrated serum of powerful cells called stem cells to stimulate regeneration and healing.

Stem cells are already an essential part of the human body — the raw material from which all other cells are made. These unique cells have the ability to develop into many different types of cells.

When stem cells divide, each new cell has the capacity to remain a stem cell or develop into a more specialized cell, such as tendon, ligament, or bone cells. In this way, stem cells serve as superchargers for repairing the body’s cells and tissues.

Stem cells are particularly useful in treating orthopedic conditions. Dr. Fishman successfully uses stem cell therapy to treat:

Stem cell therapy can also help speed recovery from ligament reconstructions such as ACL revisions. 

Benefits of stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive treatment that requires no cutting and does not require a long recovery time. While the cells go to work, it may take weeks or months for your body to respond to stem cell therapy before you notice an improvement.

Benefits of stem cell therapy include improved pain relief, increased functionality, and reduced inflammation. This therapy also may eliminate the need for surgery

Dr. Fishman may recommend stem cell therapy as a standalone treatment or in combination with other therapeutic approaches, including PRP therapy.

PRP therapy 

Like stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy is a cutting-edge treatment advancing the field of orthopedic medicine. PRP therapy can reduce pain and repair injuries, especially in the joints.

Platelets are cell fragments that circulate in your blood and help your blood clot. They play a key role in your body’s initial response to injury. Platelets contain proteins and growth factors that support cell growth and help form new tissues.

PRP therapy takes advantage of your body’s natural healing capacity. Treatment involves extracting and isolating platelets from other blood components and creating a concentrated serum that Dr. Fishman injects into the injury site or area of pain.

The growth factors go to work promoting tissue formation, reducing inflammation, and stimulating healing. As part of your body’s initial response to injury, PRP therapy is particularly helpful in treating acute soft tissue injuries, such as rotator cuff tears, sprains, and ACL tears.

Both stem cell therapy and PRP therapy can reduce the need for surgery and can be effective when anti-inflammatory medications and steroid injections fail to provide adequate relief. If you’re having pain or dealing with an injury, regenerative therapy may be an effective treatment option. 

To learn more about regenerative medicine and to find out if you’re a candidate for stem cell therapy or PRP therapy, call our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Fishman, or request an appointment online.

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