PRP And Stem Cells - Regenerative Medicine:

At Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic Institute, the doctors and surgeons are studying regenerative medicine in order to bring the best treatments to patients in a manner that is safe, effective and ethically responsible. Orthopaedic Specialists Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic Institute believe that implementing PRP therapy as a viable procedure may: decrease the progression of more serious injuries, decrease the overall time for healing, and ultimately decrease the overall need for surgical intervention.

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, also known as PRP, and stem cell therapy are often grouped together because they are two forms of regenerative medicine that offer tremendous benefit in terms of sports medicine and joint chronic pain treatment. Since they are often mentioned together, there is a common misconception that PRP is the same as stem cell therapy.

Regenerative Medicine, especially PRP, has recently gained widespread recognition in the sports world when Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers received PRP therapy prior to winning Super Bowl XLIII. Other high profile athletes include Tiger Woods who received four treatments following knee surgery and pitchers Takashi Saito and Bartolo Colon -- both recent examples of PRP success in Major League Baseball. Kobe Bryant has used it in the past also to rebound from sports injuries.

Unfortunately, there is no randomized, prospective, double-blind clinical trial that documents the efficacy of regenerative medicine yet. For this reason, most insurance companies will not support either treatment. Case reports abound of successful PRP treatment of almost any malady.

What Is PRP?

When you injure a muscle or ligament, your platelets seep into the wound during the bleeding that normally occurs. Then, they create a blood clot to stop the bleeding and release growth factors to the area so your body will begin to heal. The growth factors bring in cells and new blood vessels to ensure the body can get more blood to the area.

During PRP therapy, our doctors take advantage of the body's natural healing process and use the patient's own blood to heal them more effectively. First, the doctors separate the platelets from the blood in a centrifuge, which concentrates the platelets to three to five times their normal concentration. Once separated, the platelets are re-injected into the injured area of the patient's body. This releases higher concentrations of growth factors to promote natural tissue healing.

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

Though it also harnesses the body's natural ability to heal, stem cell therapy uses a different process of extracting the regenerative cells. Because the stem cells are capable of differentiating into new types of cells and coordinating the repair response in various parts of the body, stem cell therapy is more advanced than PRP.

Stem cells are immature, undeveloped cells that have the potential to generate other cells that may form different types of tissue.

Which One Is Right for Me?

Both PRP and stem cell therapy have produced remarkable results for many common injuries and conditions including:

  • ACL sprains and tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Arthritis
  • Articular cartilage injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Labral tears
  • Partial rotator cuff tears
  • Pinched nerves
  • Trigger fingers
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Impingement
  • Brusitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • Ankles
  • Wrists
  • Elbows
  • Hips
  • iliotibial band tendinitis (ITB Syndrome)
  • ilio-psoas tendinitis
  • bursitis
  • greater trochanteric bursitis
  • sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • patellar tendinitis
  • partially torn or strained major knee ligaments (LCL/MCL)
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • peroneal tendinitis
  • recurrent ankle sprains

to name a few....

However, stem cell therapy tends to be more appropriate than PRP for degenerative diseases where there is lost tissue, such as ligament tears, bulging and herniated discs, and chronic arthritis.

To learn more about PRP and stem cell therapy, and to determine if you are a candidate for either treatment, contact us today. Chronic pain doesn't have to rule your life anymore.

Our cash price for one round of PRP and or Stem Cell is currently $750 per injection. If interested please contact us at (352) 404-8956 or email us at info@floridasportsinjury.com and we will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.

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