What is Stem Cell Therapy? Stem cell therapy has been recognized by the medical industry worldwide as the biggest breakthrough in natural healing. Stem cells have regenerative power; when they are injected into an area that needs healing, your body’s natural response is to accelerate the process and repair the damage. It is a non-surgical procedure involving the extraction and injection of your own naturally occurring stem cells. We concentrate stem cells from bone marrow harvested from the patient’s iliac crest. Stem cell therapy has successfully treated a wide range of orthopedic conditions , including soft tissue injuries involving tendons and ligaments. We use stem cells to treat rotator cuff tears, knee arthritis, tendon injuries, and more. Sometimes, stem cells are used in conjunction with PRP injections to treat advanced joint damage.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma? Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentration of your own blood platelets. We collect a sample of your blood and spin it down to separate the plasma, which contains a high concentration of platelets. Platelets play a critical role in healing wounds, soft tissue injuries, and fractures by activating stem cells to regenerate new, healthy tissue. An injection of platelet-rich plasma gives your body a natural boost to accelerate the healing process. Some patients report pain relief in addition to rapid healing. PRP therapy is a low-risk, non-invasive treatment. It can heal orthopedic conditions like arthritis, tendon injuries, and ligament injuries anywhere in the body. It also benefits people who are not candidates for surgery or want to avoid surgery due to age, health, or other concerns.
What is Viscosupplementation? In this procedure, a gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid (HA) is injected into an arthritic joint, most commonly the knee. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the fluid within all joints. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones and cartilage to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads. People with osteoarthritis have a lower-than-normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in their joints. Adding hyaluronic acid to the arthritic joint can facilitate movement and reduce pain, as well as providing the basic nutrients to maintain cartilage health. It is usually administered as weekly injection over the course of three total weeks.
*The above treatments may or may not be covered by your insurance carrier. Please speak with your physician to see if biologic treatment may be an option for you.