THE STEM CELL ORTHOPEDIC INSTITUTE OF TEXAS at the medical center in San Antonio offers STEM CELL and PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) Therapies to help individuals suffering from joint pain, joint and tendon degeneration, and soft tissue injuries. STEM CELL injections are a great alternative to prevent or delay elective orthopedic surgery, which may involve joint replacement or fusion.
With Stem Cell therapy, patients may be able to avoid a lengthy post-operative period, an invasive procedure, and a lengthy rehabilitation as well as risks associated with surgery.
Our doctors, specifically Drs. Hirsch and Hall, have made tremendous advances to make tissue regeneration with Adult Stem Cells a reality. Through what we call, “Regenerative Medicine,” a patient can take advantage of their body’s ability to heal itself by using their own ADULT STEM CELLS that are found throughout the body. STEM CELLS can restore lost, damaged or aging cells and effectively regenerate tissue in the body. This treatment may provide the patient with an alternative to surgery for certain treatments.
Regenerative therapies involving autologous ADULT STEM CELLS are beginning to show promise in Orthopedic Medicine, Pain Medicine, Rheumatology and nerve regeneration. Drs. Hirsch and Hall completed an in-house, 15-patient unpublished study with STEM CELLS and the results are very promising for patients who received pain relief and a return to the activities of daily living.
Is STEM CELL Therapy Right for You?
THE STEM CELL ORTHOPEDIC INSTITUTE OF TEXAS offers Regenerative Medicine treatments for specific degenerative and inflammatory conditions of the:
- Low Back
WHAT IS PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)?
PRP Therapy uses a portion of the patient’s own blood having a platelet concentration above baseline to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems.
The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries. PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood.
PRP injections are prepared from one to a few tubes of the patient’s own blood with strict aseptic technique. After being centrifuged, the activated platelets are injected into the abnormal tissue, releasing growth factors that recruit and increase the proliferation of reparative cells. Ultrasound imaging may or may not be used to guide the injection.
Several clinical studies have demonstrated that PRP injections have improved function and decreased pain to various maladies, including – but not limited to – elbow, wrist, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle tendonosis. Early work is also showing promise for osteoarthritis.
Because the patient’s own blood is used, there are very few side effects. Drs. Hirsh and Hall have used PRP injections to successfully treat many patients.
Would you benefit from Stem Cell Therapy or PRP Injections ? Call (210) 293-3136 today to schedule your medical evaluation.
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