Frequently Asked Questions on Stem Cell and PRP
Stem Cell Therapy Questions
Are there any ethical issues with Adult Stem Cells?
Because adult stem cells are not embryos, there are no ethical issues. They reside within the bone marrow and fat and exist in large quantities. We use your own stem cells and do NOT store or alter them in any way.
How do I know if Stem Cell Therapy is right for me?
Call Dr. Glaser, MD if you have any of the following: back/neck pain, arthritis, joint pain, any sports injury or if you suffer from any degenerative disease. Stem Cell Therapy enables the patient’s body to use it’s own stem cells to heal and repair back to normal.
Are there any side effects to Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem Cell Therapy is a very safe procedure. After a complete medical evaluation, Dr. Glaser, MD will determine if you are a candidate for this treatment. Some patients may experience pain and soreness during the post-operative period. Since your own blood, bone marrow and fat is used, there are no chances of 'rejection' by your body.
What are the potential benefits of Stem Cell Therapy?
The healing, repairing and regeneration of injured or damaged tissue. The therapy can regenerate tissues that are injured or damaged in back, neck and shoulder injuries. It decreases pain at the level of the injury and improves performance.
What is the difference between Stem Cells from fat and from bone marrow?
Adipose stem cells are collected during a Lipo-aspiration procedure (NOT Liposuction) and bone marrow cells are taken from the hipbone. Bone marrow stem cells (mainly Hematopoietic Stem Cells) have a superior ability to repair and differentiate into connective tissue as well as blood vessels. On the other hand, adipose stem cells (mainly Mesenchymal stem cells) have far more regenerative properties to make ligaments, cartilage and bone.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Questions
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is derived from the patient’s blood. Processing the patient’s blood specimen in a centrifuge separates the blood components and concentrates the platelets in the plasma. The concentrated platelets found in PRP are rich in growth factors along with proteins that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins increase stem cell production to initiate connective tissue healing, bone regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the wound healing process.
Why is it used with Stem Cell Therapy?
These cells release growth factors and other proteins that promote healing of your bones and soft tissue. When we inject PRP, the high concentration of platelets, delivers powerful doses of growth factors that accelerate and enhance tissue repair and healing. These growth factors also attract Stem Cells to the site of injury. When injecting PRP alone, more than one injection is recommended to maximize results.
How does PRP help heal tendons and ligaments?
Tendons connect your muscles to your bones, making it possible for joints to flex and our bodies to move. Overuse or damage to the tendon over a long period causes the collagen fibers in the tendons to form small tears, a condition called tendonitis. Damage to tendons most often occurs in the knees, ankles, hips, spine, elbows, shoulders and wrists – the joints that move the most.
Ligaments are composed of collagen fibers that holds one bone to another, stabilizing the joint and controlling the range of motion. When a ligament is damaged, it is no longer able to stabilize the bones within the joint, which often leads to pain. This instability does not always show up on high tech imaging equipment.
Tendons and ligaments tend to have a poor blood supply and when damaged, they do not usually heal well. Combined with the stress of daily activity, tendons and ligaments become inefficient, causing degeneration of the joint, leading to chronic pain and weakness.
How does PRP compare with cortisone injections?
For many people, cortisone or steroid injections provide temporary relief from pain and inflammation, but may not provide long term healing. Studies have shown that long-term cortisone injections may actually weaken your tissue. The healing and growth factors present in PRP heal and strengthen damaged tendons and ligaments.
What are the potential benefits of treatment?
Patients may see a significant improvement in symptoms, as well as a remarkable return of function. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long-term medication use or surgery.
How many PRP therapy treatments are needed?
While each person's body may respond differently to the therapy, some people may require 2-5 injections. Each injection is spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart. There is no limit to the number of treatments a person can have. The risks and side effects do not change with the number of injections.
Is PRP right for me?
If you have a tendon or ligament injury, or degenerated joints and traditional methods have not provided lasting relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. It may heal tissue with minimal or no scarring, and may alleviate further degeneration of the tissues. Dr. Glaser will discuss all of your treatment options, including if PRP is a viable option for your condition.
Who is not a candidate for PRP therapy?
Patients with active cancers and/or infections. If you have a history of cancer, many times you can utilize PRP injections, but the ultimate decision maker should be your oncologist. Anyone who consistently uses blood-thinning medications, such as Coumadin or Warfain; we require the stopping of taking these medications three days before the injection.
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