Is all stem cell therapy the same?
No! There are many options in stem cell therapy. Variables include the use of stem cells, the source of stem cells, growth factors, cell byproducts and therapies to enhance blood flow. Selection of one or a combination of any sources of cells, as well as, the processing of the products, and combination of products used, allow for the selection of individualized treatment based on the medical condition, severity of the condition, age of the patient, and the existence of any additional or contributing medical conditions.
Why is regenerative medicine important?
Traditionally, medicine has only treated the symptoms that disease, illness and injury cause, rather than treating the root cause of these conditions. Regenerative medicine is a game-changing frontier, and takes a different approach altogether – it holds the promise of being able to actually heal a patient’s body from within. Regenerative medicine is the ability to use the latest in medical technology to help restore structure and function to damaged tissues and organs within the body.
What exactly is Platelet Rich Plasma, and how does it work as a treatment?
At Stem Cell Center of NJ our quality control program ensures that our Platlet Rich Plasma (PRP) preparations are consistent and high quality, and our PRP preparations can be individualized to meet your specific therapy needs.
Platlet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been in the news and written about in scientific and medical journals regarding its potential effectiveness toward treating injuries. Several famous athletes such as Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal and several others have received PRP for knee and chronic tendon injuries, and many of them credit PRP therapies toward returning them more quickly to their sport. Here are a few of the questions surrounding PRP, and how it works as a treatment:
- What actually is Platelet Rich Plasma? Blood is mainly a liquid called plasma, however it does contain red cells, white cells and platlets which are solid components. Platlets, known for clotting, also contain hundreds of growth factors, which are vital in healing injuries in the body. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is plasma with 5 to 10 times a richer (or greater) concentration of growth factors – so it is that much more healing to injuries.
- How does it work? Laboratory studies have shown that because PRP contains an increased concentration of growth factors it can potentially speed up the healing of an injury, which is invaluable to athletes. To prepare PRP, blood is drawn from a patient. Then the platlets are separated from the other blood cells and their plasma concentration is enhanced during a process called centrifugation. After centrifugation the enhanced plasma is then combined with the remaining blood, and will be injected carefully into the injured area of inflamed tissue, such as the heel cord in Achilles tendinitis – a common condition in runners and tennis players.
- What conditions are being treated with PRP? Is the treatment effective? Most of the publicity that PRP therapy has received so far has been about its effectiveness in treating acute sports injuries, such as muscle and sports injuries. According to current research studies, PRP has been the most effective treating chronic tendon injuries such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis or of the patellar tendon at the knee (known as jumper’s knee). It is also showing promising results in therapies treating knee arthritis, helping tissues heal more quickly after certain surgeries, as well being used in a limited way to help speed up the healing of broken bones and fractures. So far PRP therapy is showing promise, however as with any therapy the effectiveness depends on a few factors including: the treatment area of the body, the patient’s physical overall health, and whether the injury is acute (such as a fall or ankle twist) or chronic (which is an injury that develops over time).
What is the best way to deal with a sports injury?
At Stem Cell Center of NJ we’re well-versed on sports injury therapies, and offer treatment for back, shoulder, knee, hip pain – as well as spinal injuries. Our goal is to get you back to feeling like yourself, so that you can resume your normal activity level quickly. We understand that a sports injury can be anywhere on the spectrum of annoying to a catastrophic event – they can effect even the most seasoned athlete or the novice weekend warrior. Serious athletes must understand that managing their
injury effectively is part of the game they must play to achieve continued success, also that rehabilitation skills are similar to sports skills.
There are four factors which influence recovery:
- Heightened body awareness – Forcing athletes to a deeper understanding of their bodies and to revisit techniques.
- Enhanced pain management – An injury can cause an athlete to better monitor, evaluate and manage pain during the rehabilitation process.
- Emotional momentum – The challenge of a sports injury may impact an athlete negatively, however those who approach these emotional challenges with determination and intensity can recover with a higher performance level.
- New perspective on sport – Recovery time may offer an important reflection period, where an athlete gains a new perspective of what role their sport plays in their life, and can cause a clearer mind, and they may recommit themselves further to the sport.