Those medical professionals who treat NFL, NBA and other premium professional athletes are using stem cell and PRP therapy, as are those involved in various other levels of treatment of those who participate in sports, from working with those who are weekend warriors to highly competitive and active amateurs. What they are doing is using stem cell therapy to treat sports injuries, including tennis and golfer’s elbow, meniscus tears, muscle ruptures, ligament damage, and much more. Gilbert orthopedic octors are utilizing stem cell therapy, which is often combined with platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, to get athletes back on their feet as quickly as possible.
Why Stem Cell Therapy?
If stem cell therapy is used on its own, without a surgical procedure being involved, it negates the need to have an invasive process that would involve a certain amount of recuperative and physical rehabilitative time. Also, as opposed to surgery, stem cell treatments involve little risk. It’s been found that this type of treatment when combined with PRP therapy speeds up the healing process while reducing inflammation. Taking all of these factors into consideration, it makes sense that stem cell therapy would be used in sports medicine due to the fact people are finding it to be an effective and convenient form of treatment.
How It Works
Stem cells are first harvested from either the patient’s bone marrow or fat cells. Which are preferred depends on a few factors. Fat stem cells tend to be more highly concentrated, however those found in bone marrow, although not as plentiful, seem to be more adaptive to injuries involving bones, joints, and connective tissues. Fat stem cells are thought to be better when utilized in wound healing.
Once the harvesting is complete, the patient will often also have blood drawn from their arm. The stems cell and blood samples are both sent to a lab. There the stem cells are isolated from the other material in which they are contained and the platelets will be separated from the other parts of the blood, to create the PRP.
The cells used in this process are mesenchymal stem cells. This type of cell is highly adaptive and contains regenerative power. Thus, they can differentiate to become a specific type of tissue such as tendons, ligaments, nerves, etc. Also, mesenchymal stem cells contain the material needed to repair damage in the body, which allows them to generate new cells again and again. PRP is important as it contains growth factors, which help to quicken the healing process.
Once the mixture of stem cells and PRP is constituted it is injected into the area to be treated. After injecting the mixture, the healing process begins. Once what is often a relatively short amount of time passes, physical rehab for the injury can begin.
Many athletes who have had knee, shoulder, leg, and back injuries are opting to utilize stem cell therapy. Even if they have undergone surgery for their problem they may still decide to use a combination of stem cell and PRP therapies, which will hasten the healing process. Whether you’re someone who occasionally gets involved in physical activity or a serious player of sports if you’re injured you can benefit from stem cell therapy. If you have been hurt, consider this relatively new, efficient, and results driven treatment.
OSPI has several Board Certified orthopedic doctors in Gilbert AZ offering regenerative medicine procedures with stem cell and PRP therapy. The procedures offer pain relief and help patients avoid surgery frequently. Most insurance is accepted and for the procedures not covered, financing is available. Call today!