Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy at MD Pain
FAQs Stem Cell and PRP Therapy in Denver, Greenwood Village, Thornton and Parker CO
MD Pain provides patients suffering from various types of conditions, including joint, bone, cartilage, and muscle injuries and other such conditions, relief through stem cell and PRP therapy. This therapy offers a solid alternative to drug therapy or surgery and carries little to no side effects. The following FAQs offer information on stem cell and platelet-rich therapy (PRP) therapy.
What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy involves harvesting these cells by using a needle to draw either amniotic fluid or blood and then isolating the stem cells from the fluid. The stem cells may be combined with other agents and then injected into the problem area. Stem cells are usually used in tandem with platelet-rich therapy.
What is PRP therapy?
PRP therapy utilizes blood platelets, which are isolated from the same fluid that contains the stem cells. The solution that is isolated contains a high concentration of platelets. PRP involves injecting platelets into the area that is being treated. These platelets are injected prior to the injection of the stem cells. About three to five days after treatment, PRP is injected into the site once again to further facilitate healing.
Why are stem cell and PRP therapy used together?
At MD Pain we have found that using PRP and stem cell therapy in unison offers maximum benefits. PRP therapy helps to create a fertile environment for repair and regeneration, helping to activate the stem cells. The power of PRP therapy enhances the total effect of the associated stem cells. Usually, a second injection of PRP is needed to maximize the effect of the stem cells.
How does this type of therapy work?
Most often bone marrow containing stem cells is drawn from the hip of the patient, although stem cells may also be harvested from amniotic fluid. Also, blood is drawn from the patient’s arm. Once drawn, the fluids are taken to a laboratory and spun in a centrifuge. Through this process the stem cells are separated from the bone marrow and platelets are isolated from the blood. Using a fluoroscope or ultrasound, the doctor is able to target the problem area, and treat the injury or condition with the concentrated solutions.
The platelets are injected first and then the stem cells. The entire procedure takes about two hours. As noted, PRP therapy involves a second injection, which is done about three to five days after the initial treatment. At that time only platelets are injected into the area.
What conditions can stem cell and PRP therapy treat?
These two procedures, which utilize the body’s natural healing powers, have been found to be effective in relieving an array of physical problems related to tendon, ligament, muscle, joint, and bone damage. Stem cell and PRP therapy have been utilized in improving various areas of the body, including knees, hips, backs, and shoulders, that people have injured or that are affected by overuse or degenerative conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Why undergo stem cell and PRP therapy rather than other forms of treatment such as surgery?
At MD Pain, we have found that stem cell and PRP therapy offer effective relief and fast results when it comes to various types of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Unlike surgery, this type of treatment is virtually noninvasive, involves little risk, and no physical recuperation or rehabilitation. It is effective in promoting fast healing, pain relief, and strengthening of tissues.
Is such therapy safe and effective?
The doctors at MD Pain are utilizing stem cell and PRP therapy in lieu of highly invasive and risky joint replacement surgeries. The procedure involving stem cell and PRP therapy is relatively non-invasive, involves a low amount of risk, and is less expensive than surgery. And unlike drug therapy, which may be used to treat the same conditions mentioned here, there are no side effects.
Often this type of therapy will be administered before joint replacement surgery is considered, as the latter type of treatment is seen as a last resort. It has been found to be highly effective.
Platelet rich plasma therapy contributes to healing the affected area along with reducing the pain. If you would like to be considered for PRP treatment at MD Pain, Contact Us today!