How PRP and Stem Cell Therapy Can Help You Heal Faster After an Injury

You've suffered a muscle or tendon injury. It could have been caused by an accident or a repetitive motion at work or on the playing field. You're far from alone

Tennis players often succumb to tennis elbow, basketball players suffer jumper's knee, and those who play sports like soccer are prone to Achilles tendonitis. Musicians, roofers, carpenters, and warehouse workers often develop soft tissue injuries because of the repetitive movements with their arms and hands during work

Soft tissue injuries are painful. Tendon injuries take weeks, if not months, to heal. Doctors now have other tools in their arsenal to help you heal more quickly than with the traditional treatments of rest, physical therapy, and cortisone shots

Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons, pain management, and regenerative specialists with The Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, P.A. in Toms River, New Jersey, use platelet-rich plasma and/or stem cell therapy to help you return to play or work sooner than you would have been able to in the past

These minimally invasive regenerative medicine techniques are revolutionizing orthopedic practice

How does PRP help aid healing after an injury

Your body has the capacity to heal itself, as you've seen when your cuts and scrapes have healed. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a regenerative medicine technique, supercharges your body's healing mechanisms

Your blood platelets are responsible for your body's ability to clot your blood when you get a cut or other injury. They also contain healing nutrients

Our staff draws a sample of your blood and remixes it so that many of the platelets are massed together. Your doctor injects this platelet-rich mixture from your own blood into the site of your injury, using ultrasound guidance

PRP sends a massive number of growth factors and nutrients to the rescue at the site of your injury. The growth factors can activate stem cell proliferation to generate new tissue growth. They help calm excessive inflammation from your injury and aid in the formation of new blood vessels that carry nutrient-rich oxygen to your injury. Stem Cells and PRP can be used not only for injuries of ligaments, tendons, or muscle but is also very helpful for arthritis in most joints, as well as for back pain and radicular pain instead of surgery

How do stem cells help aid healing after an injury

Orthopedic practices are now using stem cells from your own body to aid in tissue and joint healing. Your body's mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are the only cells that have the ability to differentiate into various types of cells where they're needed, such as brain, bone, tissue, or heart cells

We extract stem cells from your body's pelvic or hip bone using a syringe or from fat. Your hip area is completely numbed before the procedure; you may also elect for light sedation if you wish. In some cases, we use an adult donor's stem cells

Our staff separates the stem cells from the remainder of the blood, and your doctor, guided by ultrasound, injects the solution into the injured site. 

These special stem cells calm your body's inflammation at the site of the injury long-term. This relieves pain and helps you heal faster

Researchers don't have all of the answers as to how stem cells work, but they think the stem cells likely help the damaged soft tissue repair itself

Studies report that mesenchymal stem cells can potentially regrow damaged cartilage by developing into new cartilage cells; stem cell treatment may also help prevent cartilage deterioration, which is certainly promising for patients who have osteoarthritis

You should begin to feel the beneficial results of PRP or stem cell therapy 2-6 weeks after your injection

Call or book an appointment online with The Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, P.A. today for expert treatment of orthopedic injuries and osteoarthritis.

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