Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy are the most advanced regenerative treatments to help promote healing and relieve inflammation. The team of board-certified orthopedists at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Forest Hills, New York, provide personalized PRP and stem cell therapy plans for a host of injuries and chronic conditions. Learn more by scheduling an evaluation through the online scheduler or by calling to speak with a team member directly.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy are ideal for helping you heal and recover from pain-causing conditions. Your orthopedic surgeon may recommend either of these regenerative treatments if you have:
PRP and stem cell therapy may even be a beneficial solution after orthopedic surgery to help you heal quickly.
PRP and stem cell therapy each have similar outcomes: more effective healing and a reduction in inflammation. But each type of therapy offered at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine works a little differently. Here are descriptions of how PRP and stem cell therapy can help you heal.
PRP therapy begins with a simple blood draw from your arm, much like what you’d experience at the lab. Your doctor processes your blood sample in an in-office centrifuge, a machine that spins your blood and separates platelets.
Attached to these platelets are growth factors, which are specialized proteins that heal wounds and build up new tissues when you have an injury. When this rich concentration of platelets and growth factors is injected into damaged areas, it begins a natural cascade of healing events from your very own cells.
Stem cell therapy involves injecting stem cells, which can differentiate and turn into any cell needed, directly into injured areas. For example, if you have a tendon injury, stem cells that are injected into the tendon can turn into surrounding tendon cells, so new tendon tissues can start building up.
Stem cells can sometimes be harvested from other areas of your own body. But in many cases, stem cell therapy involves using donor cells, such as embryonic stem cells, which are younger and often more powerful than adult stem cells.
Because both PRP and stem cell therapy are regenerative solutions that help your body repair and rebuild, optimal results can take time. The expert orthopedists at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine find that in some cases, PRP and stem cell therapy can lead to some initial inflammation and even swelling, which can last for up to a couple of weeks.
These minor side effects often occur because of irritation from the needle, as well as increased blood flow to the area that helps with tissue healing. Generally, by about 3-4 weeks after your PRP or stem cell therapy session, you should start noticing an improvement in your pain and related symptoms.
It can take several months and possibly more than one regenerative treatment session to experience the full benefits of PRP and stem cell therapy. But the team at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is dedicated to personalizing your treatment plan to you, so you experience results.
Find out if PRP and stem cell therapy are right for you by booking an exam at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine today. You can conveniently schedule either online or over the phone.
Individual results may vary.