Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a mix of concentrated platelets and serum. Platelets are rich in growth factors that form a clot during an injury and aid in the healing. The blood clot forms as the body’s defense to stop bleeding and release growth factors in the injured area to trigger local repair response. Following an injury, the blood clot secretes growth factors at different intervals, bringing in stem cells and creating new blood vessels to ensure blood supply to the area.
With PRP, your own blood is collected and placed in a special centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, which is usually 3-5 times their normal concentration. The platelets are re-injected into the treatment area to help increase growth factors and repair response. PRP is ideal for helping injured or damaged areas that either can heal on their own given time or need a little boost to jumpstart the healing process.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell Therapy is a more advanced treatment compared to PRP Therapy. PRP Therapy recruits growth factors in the injured area to aid in healing. Stem Cell Therapy not only does the same thing that PRP offers, which is initiating the body’s repair response, it also enhances stem cell activity for regeneration. It is capable of regenerating damaged tissues, making Stem Cell Therapy ideal for treating degenerative diseases, such as arthritis, tendon or ligament tear, low back disc bulging due to torn fibers, etc.
Stem cells are naturally found in our body and an important part of the body’s healing process. Stem cells can be converted into any tissues that the body needs. The body utilizes stem cells to substitute damaged or injured cells, while allowing natural-healing and repair. Most patients report a significant restoration of damaged or diseased tissues (joints, ligaments, tendons and cartilage) and pain relief within a month.
With Stem Cell Therapy, Dr. Todd Peters, a highly-experienced board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, harvests the cells from the marrow cavity of the patient’s bone in the back or the hip area (iliac crest). This painless procedure is done under anaesthetics and takes just a few minutes to complete. While PRP involves simple concentration of platelets in a centrifuge, the collected bone marrow blood in Stem Cell Therapy is taken to a laboratory for concentration and purification. The platelets are re-injected about 5 days later to keep the stem cells activated and trigger the body’s healing response and cell regeneration.
PRP is beneficial for jumpstarting the body’s existing mechanism to heal a damaged tissue that may be stuck. Stem Cell Therapy not only initiates the body’s repair response, it has remarkable capability to regenerate damaged tissues. Most of the patients experience a complete restoration of the damaged/ injured joints, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage within a month.
With both PRP Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy, patients avoid surgery and the complications and downtime usually associated with surgical procedures. Both therapies have been proven to be safe, with no known side effects.
Is Stem Cell Therapy Right for You?
If you are suffering from chronic joint, tendon or ligament pain, you may be a good candidate for Stem Cell Therapy. Please fill out the form below and submit. We will reply as soon as possible with additional information and next steps to evaluate if Stem Cell Therapy is right for you. You may also contact us at Dr. Peters’ office at (949) 383-4182 or visit www.newportspinemd.com to schedule an appointment or for more information on Stem Cell Therapy in Irvine, Newport Beach and Orange County.