Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What is PRP and Why is it Used with Stem Cell Therapy?

Your healing will depend on many factors, and platelets are the most important. The mixture of serum and concentrated platelets are known as PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma. Many people are under the assumption that PRP and stem cells are the same, but that is not true. So, let’s clarify the difference.

Although both use your body’s very own natural reparative factors in order to harness the healing resources of your body to repair any injured tissues, these two treatments are different; however, PRP treatments are used repeatedly to help find stems cells that are in treated areas. PRP has the ability to repair mild damage. When PRP is injected into your body, the cells will release growth factors – as well as other proteins – that promote wound healing within your body’s soft tissues and bones.

The growth factors that platelets contain are used to ramp up healing. When growth factors – PRP – are added to cells, the cells react by working harder, and at a much faster rate. PRP is used with stem cell therapy in a variety of healing situations, including:

  • Tendon Injuries
  • Surgery 
  • Healing Healing of Nonunion Fractures 
  • and more… 

Even though stem cell therapy is much more advanced, PRP treatment is becoming well-known by the mainstream media – as well as surgeons and medical professionals around the world. PRP may not be stem cell therapy, but when it is paired with the treatment, it becomes an important factor of rejuvenation medicine; in the future, PRP is expected to take on a much larger therapeutic role.

At Stem Cell Therapy, we will use more than one injection to help maximize on the results. The doses of PRP that we inject help enhance tissue repair and healing, at an accelerated pace. Contact us to learn more about PRP, and why we use it with stem cell therapy.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Stem Cell Therapy For A Shoulder Injury

It is a fact that the human body is made of many specialized cells. These billions of cells form tendons, cartilage, skin, muscles, and more. Day after day, these cells will repeat what is known as the degenerative and regenerative process. When this happens, old cells die, but new cells are born from stem cells – and they will have the unique capability of creating other cells.

When your tissues are injured, the degenerative process will exceed the regenerative process, and your tissue structure will become weaker and less functional; you will also experience pain. Thanks to stem cell therapy, you can help the injured tissues heal, and this includes Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Injury.

Your body will keep a supply of stem cells available that could repair your injured and degenerated tissue. It is very easy for these stem cells to be retrieved in order to use them on your shoulder for therapeutic purposes. Remember that a shoulder injury can be extremely painful, especially since we use the shoulder for a wide range of motion each day. To help repair your injury – and reduce the amount of pain associated with the shoulder injury – stem cell therapy is used.

We can withdraw stem cells from your body fat or bone marrow, and then we will re-inject them once they have been concentrated through a centrifuge process. When these stem cells are re-injected into the body, the natural healing and repairing process begins.

If you have a shoulder injury, we may be able to use this regenerative procedure to help repair your shoulder, and alleviate the pain you are experiencing as a result of the injury. With this type of therapy, you are less likely to experience infections and blood clots, as well as other risks associated with surgery. Although no guarantees can be made, many patients have experienced alleviated pain, and improved range of motion in their shoulder after one injection. Some patients will need multiple injections before a change is noticed.

Would you like to find out if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy? Call Spine & Joint Center in New Jersey at 201-288-PAIN to learn more or request a consultation with Dr. Damon Noto.