What Is Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment?

Regenerative medicine is becoming increasingly a more popular for patients looking for pain reduction, tissue healing, tissue repair, or bone regeneration. Theoretically, there is no limit to the types of diseases that could be treated with options like stem cell treatment and platelet rich plasma. So far, scientists have discovered stem cell treatments for the following conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Rotator Cuff Tear

Along with the use of stem cells in regenerative medicine, platelet rich plasma is becoming a viable and more affordable treatment.


What Is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment that involves concentrating a small volume of blood plasma through a centrifuge to produce high potency platelets. These platelets are rich in growth factors that help in pain reduction, tissue healing, tissue repair, and bone regeneration.

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Commonly treated areas using platelet rich plasma include:

  • Shoulder (Rotator Cuff Tendinitis)
  • Wrist/Hand (Arthritis, Cartilage damage)
  • Elbow (Tennis Elbow)
  • Hip (Arthritis)
  • Knee (Jumper’s Knee)
  • Ankle/Foot (Arthritis)
  • Neck (Whiplash injuries)
  • Back (Lower back pain)
  • Other tears (rib problems, osteoarthritis, etc.)


Is PRP The Same Thing As Stem Cell Treatment?

Although both treatments are used to repair injured tissue, the procedures are executed in a different manner. In a PRP treatment, healing properties are targeted at recruiting adult stem cells to an injury site that is responsible for healing. In a stem cell treatment, the patient receives the factors found in platelet rich plasma and the stem cells that are responsible for tissue repair.


Should I Be Treatment With PRP Or Stem Cells?

The answer is “it depends.” More severe problems usually need more assistance in delivering stem cells into the affected area. PRP cannot recruit enough stem cells to adequately repair an extreme level of injury. Consult with a physician for recommendations to determine if you are a stem cell therapy candidate.

For an evaluation for treatment, a record review from a physician, and recommendations to see if you are a candidate for Stem Cell or PRP therapy, book an appointment at The Stem Cell Orthopedic Institute of Texas.

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