PRP is a relatively new method of treatment for several orthopaedic conditions such as muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries; arthritis; and fractures. PRP injections can help alleviate painful symptoms, promote healing and delay joint replacement surgeries. Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is a high concentration of platelets and plasma. A normal blood specimen contains only 6% platelets, while platelet-rich plasma contains 94% of platelets and 5 to 10 times the concentration of growth factors found in normal blood, thus greater healing properties.
Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that utilizes the body’s natural healing ability to repair and regenerate damaged or diseased cells, tissues and organs. Adipose tissue has a high concentration of stem cells and is easy to harvest, so is often preferred for stem cell therapy.
Stem cells are easily harvested from adipose tissue through a less painful and minimally invasive technique with minimal risk to the patient.
Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that utilizes the body’s natural healing mechanism to treat various conditions.
Stem cells are being used in regenerative medicine to renew and repair diseased or damaged tissues, and have shown promising results in treatments of various orthopedic, cardiovascular, neuromuscular and autoimmune conditions.
Orthobiologics are naturally occurring substances found in the body, which are used by orthopedic surgeons to assist in the healing of injuries, such as injured muscles, tendon, ligaments and even broken bones.
At Austin Sports Medicine, our philosophy when evaluating new treatments methods such as platelet-rich plasma injections (PRP) or stem cell therapy is to first see what scientific evidence is available to support it.
Research in orthopedic applications of biologic treatments like PRP is ongoing, and clinical effectiveness and outcomes are still uncertain but looking positive.
A recent study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, for example, concluded that PRP /ACP is “safe and provides quantifiable benefits for pain relief and functional improvement with regard to knee osteoarthritis.”
If you think these types of treatments may be right for you, the physicians at Austin Sports Medicine are ready to discuss your options and get you back to what you love.