Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) & Stem Cells
At Restorasis we are excited about stem cell therapies and the use of stem cell therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments together, to improve various health conditions and illnesses. What these 2 therapies can do to improve health conditions is impressive.
PRP is an updated and advanced method of “prolotherapy”, which is a procedure used to inject a benign, irritating substance into tissue that stimulates repair to that area. Prolotherapy was originally called sclerotherapy, a term still used today for vein injections that treat spider and varicose veins. Today, prolotherapy refers specifically to joint, ligament and tendon injections. These injections contain natural substances that trigger repair in the body. Prolotherapy formulations now include platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells to treat damage.
The point of PRP therapy is to strengthen and improve the quality of the targeted tissue and to reduce inflammation which should result in more stable and functional joints or other tissue, and less pain.
PRP uses the patient’s own blood, spun down to access a concentration of platelets, which contains growth factors that help to repair damaged tissue. These growth factors are necessary in a three-phase process during an injury that includes inflammation, proliferation and remodeling. These growth factors send a signal to the body that it’s time to fix the damaged area. It works naturally by triggering inflammation, by triggering collagen production and other repair processes. PRP is performed through a series of injections.
Most patients receive a few injections at each PRP session, but more may be needed. In many cases the damaged can be repaired in on session but, there are instances where more treatments will be needed to complete the repairing process or to maintain the health benefits.
Stem Cells are often referred to as mother cells. They are responsible for the development of every organ and tissue in the body and play a critical role in the body’s healing capabilities.
Once deployed, stem cells are recruited by cell signals to areas of tissue damage and injury and begin the repairing process.
Pain management is one of the most frequent reasons why patients seek stem cell therapies and from this, other stem cell uses have followed, along with the new medical field of “Regenerative Medicine”.
Stem cell research is now uncovering ways to apply stem cell treatments to hard-to-heal injuries as well as chronic illness and conditions, such as:
Depending on the patient, treatment methods like PRP and stem cell injections strengthen and help repair tissue damage and may be effective at repairing injured joints, torn ligaments and other injuries than surgery.
If you’d like more information, please call us at 301-668-0002.