At The Bone & Joint Center, we offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy as a nonsurgical treatment option for soft-tissue injuries and chronic conditions. PRP and stem cell therapy treatments use concentrations of blood plasma and bone marrow, which are theories to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process in certain orthopaedic conditions.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
The body’s first response to any soft-tissue injury (ligaments and tendons) is to deliver platelet cells. Filled with healing and growth factors, platelets jump-start the repair process and attract the essential aid of stem cells. PRP injections use the patient’s own blood, concentrated through a centrifuge, to potentially accelerate the body’s healing efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets to the affected area.
PRP injections can be considered for osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip, and spine, as well as rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis), and ligament sprains.
Stem Cell Injections
Also known as bone marrow concentrate therapy, stem cell injections use adult stem cells, which are found in your bone marrow and are able to become several different kinds of cells, such as bone, muscle, tendon, and blood cells.
In a stem cell injection, stem cells will be extracted from a patient’s own bone marrow. The extracted stem cells will then be concentrated and injected into the treatment site. Once injected, the stem cells may help to heal the injury or condition.
Stem cell therapy can be used to treat many injuries and conditions, including:
- ACL sprains and tears
- Articular cartilage injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Degenerative disc disease
- Degenerative joint disease
- Labral tears
- Partial rotator cuff tears
- Trigger fingers
For more information on PRP and stem cell therapy offered at The Bone & Joint Center, call (518) 489-2666 or click on the Appointment Request button.