Regenerative and Stem Cell Services
A new addition in care to the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Orthopedics and Sports Medicine division is Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. A primary benefit of PRP therapy is its power to channel your body’s natural ability to repair itself by healing damaged or diseased tissue. It continues to be an effective treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions and athletic injuries, which promotes the acceleration of healing and potentially preventing surgery. Undoubtedly, our patients that have struggled with injury or degenerative disease to the musculoskeletal system will significantly benefit from PRP therapy.
What are Platelets?
Platelets are naturally found in your blood and are a rich source of protein called “growth proteins.” If you have ever experienced a serious injury or dealt with disease to your muscular system, platelets will rush to that area of trauma to stimulate new cell growth and accelerate tissue repair.
What is PRP?
PRP contains an exponential concentration of platelets than the amount normally found in your blood.PRP is created when your platelets are separated out from your blood by using a centrifuge to be injected to the site of injury.
What Happens During a PRP Therapy Procedure?
Your doctor prepares you for a PRP therapy procedure by first numbing the targeted area. The next part of the process involves drawing blood from a vein in your arm and spinning the sample in a centrifuge to separate the blood from the plasma in order to achieve a high concentration of platelets. After this step is complete, ultrasound imaging is used to guide a needle to the region where the PRP will be introduced into the damaged tissue.
As soon as the platelets are placed into the tissue, they begin to function to:
- Reduce inflammation and pain
- Accelerate healing
- Trigger production of tissues like collagen, muscles, and connective tissues
The growth proteins are also responsible for many aspects of the healing process that takes place. Those factors increase blood vessel growth and prevent the degeneration of soft tissues.
What Conditions Are Treated with PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy helps with a broad range of orthopedic conditions and degenerative diseases which include:
- Partial rotator cuff tears
- Sprains and strains
- Joint capsular laxity
- Plantar fasciitis
- Knee pain
- Back and neck pain
Stem Cell Therapy and PRP Therapy: How Does One Complement the Other?
Your doctor may combine stem cell therapy and PRP therapy depending on the severity of your injury or disease. Stem cell therapy consists of using your adult stem cells, which are found in your bone marrow. A concentrated amount is then injected into the damaged tissue, which will continuously self-replicate then regenerate the specific types of cells needed to heal the problem area. Ultimately, these therapies work together to recruit stem cells to the area and increase the stem cells’ effectiveness.