Stem Cell and PRP Therapy

Regenerative medicine includes the use of stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to treat patients of all ages and activity levels without surgery.

Benefits of Stem Cell and PRP Therapy

Stem cell and PRP therapy work to treat a variety of orthopaedic issues including:

  • Low back & neck pain due to disc degeneration
  • Knee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis
  • Chronic partial Rotator Cuff tears
  • Tennis elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Partial quadriceps and patellar tendon tears
  • Partial muscle tears and joint instability
  • Cartilage (meniscal) tears in the knee
  • Muscle strains
  • Other chronic tendon and ligament problems

What Happens During a Stem Cell Procedure?

FAQs for Stem Cell and PRP Therapy

Stem cell therapy, or regenerative medicine as it is sometimes referred, is a new form of medicine using healthy regenerative cells found throughout the body to make tissue regeneration a reality. These stem cells allow the body to heal on its own without the use of drugs, and in some cases, may reduce or eliminate the need for surgery altogether. The term “stem cell” actually includes many different kinds of cells. These cells have the ability to renew themselves, becoming virtually any cell in the body. The new cells restore lost, damaged or aging cells and effectively regenerate tissue in the body. Most patients will see signs of improvement anywhere from 4-8 weeks following completion of the treatment protocol. Benefits for patients include less pain and the ability to do more.

Physicians Performing Stem Cell Therapy

Amniotic fluid injection therapy, or regenerative medicine as it is sometimes referred, is a new form of medicine using donor amniotic to make tissue regeneration a reality. These amniotic fluid injections allow the body to heal on its own without the use of drugs, and in some cases, may reduce or eliminate the need for surgery altogether.  

Amniotic fluid is an allograft suspension product that contains hyaluronic acid, electrolytes, growth factors, amino acids, proteins, enzymes and hormones.

You may have heard stories of professional baseball and basketball players flying around the globe to receive PRP therapy so they can get back in the game faster. That technology is now offered here at Orlando Orthopaedic Center, and you don’t have to be a professional athlete to experience the benefits. Weekend warriors, recreational athletes and patients of all ages credit PRP therapy for enabling them to get back to what they love with less pain and increased function. Platelet-rich plasma is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. As a concentrated source of these platelets, PRP contains an abundance of growth factors that can stimulate the healing of soft tissue. PRP Therapy involves using a portion of the patient’s blood enhanced with platelets to promote the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. This process can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual. This promotes healing and helps patients return to normal function quickly and, potentially, without surgery.

Physicians Performing Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

No, PRP is the injection or addition of blood platelets to enhance or jump-start the healing of soft tissue. Stem cell therapy is the process of using stem cells to create new cells to promote damaged or lost cells. They are different treatments available under the umbrella of regenerative medicine.
One of the richest sources of stem cells is bone marrow, and the hip (pelvis) is one of the best and most convenient locations for obtaining bone marrow. During the harvesting procedure, the doctor removes (or aspirates) your cells from the pelvis. A trained nurse or technician then uses specifically designed equipment to concentrate the stem cells in the bone marrow and provides the cells back to the surgeon for implantation at the site of injury.
Amniotic tissue and fluid are procured by tissue banks which receive amniotic tissue from voluntary donors in the United States. Donors are screened by a licensed physician who completes a comprehensive review of every donor record and determines donor suitability. Tissue banks are regulated and inspected by the state of Florida. The amniotic tissue is minimally-manipulated per FDA requirements.

This FDA-approved process takes place in a controlled environment using methods designed to prevent contamination and cross-contamination of products.  Finally, the amniotic fluid or tissue are cryo-preserved to maintain bioactivity until they are needed for injection into the patient.

To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. The increased concentration of platelets is then injected back into the region of the body being treated to promote faster healing.
Since the goal of stem cell injection and PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks.

The healing process is gradual and complete healing may take months depending on the given problem. There are not a large amount of quality outcomes studies for amniotic stem cell injection therapy at this time. Results may vary on a patient to patient basis.

While regenerative cells and PRP have been used for years to treat a variety of diseases, their application in orthopaedic procedures is relatively new. Because of this, insurance companies may deny coverage making these procedures self-pay itmes. If your insurance will not cover the treatment, we are happy to offer alternative payment options.

Payment is required prior to the procedure.

Patient Testimonials for Stem Cell and PRP Therapy

“The biggest benefit for me is that I can now ski full days again without pain and I don’t limp at night after skiing. It has just been great.”

– Steven Appelblatt, M.D., Patient of Dr. Reuss

DR. APPELBLATT’S STORY

“The biggest benefit I’ve had since the procedure is that I’m now able to go on long rides on my motorcycle. The discomfort and numbness in my leg before the procedure is now gone.”

– George, Patient of Dr. McBride

GEORGE’S STORY

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