Stem Cell Treatments involve the injection of adult stem cells collected from your own bone marrow into injured or arthritic joints with the use of ultrasound and/or CT guidance. The injected stem cells then initiate the body's natural healing process at the site of abnormality to repair and regenerate damaged tissue.
Our body's stem cells are responsible for healing us. However, as we age or sustain injury, we sometimes cannot get enough of these healing cells into the injured area. Stem Cell Therapy solves this problem by harvesting the patient's own cells and then injecting them directly into damaged tissue, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone. This non-surgical procedure decreases downtime and avoids painful rehabilitation periods typically associated with surgery.
Most Stem Cell Treatments require 30-45 minutes and are performed in an outpatient setting using only local anesthesia. Patients usually experience a steady decrease in their symptoms during the first 12 weeks with near complete symptom relief 6-12 months after the procedure.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is the injection of platelets, derived from your own blood, into the targeted area of an abnormality. The mechanism of PRP is growth factor stimulated healing. Platelets contain numerous growth factors critical to the natural healing process. PRP stimulates the healing response and reduces inflammation within soft tissues such as muscle, ligaments, and tendons. Over the last decade, PRP has been recognized for its potential in treating both chronic and acute musculoskeletal injuries and is popular with professional athletes with the goal of returning to competition as soon as possible. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives.
Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses.The recovery time with PRP Treatment varies by patient, however depending on the injection site, crutches, a brace, or a sling may be required for the first three weeks. Increased activities should be possible in the subsequent three weeks.
Corticosteroid Injections are often used to treat pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, tendinopathies and bursitis. Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints throughout the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears and other soft tissue conditions. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive and clinical evidence supports using ultrasound as the first diagnostic test for numerous musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.
Joint injections are a minimally invasive treatment option used to relieve pain caused by inflammatory joint conditions. These inflammatory conditions often respond to corticosteroid and/or local anesthetic medication directly into the joint or into the soft tissue next to the joint to reduce the inflammation and provide pain relief.
Patients typically experience significant pain relief 5-7 days after a treatment. These injections are typically performed using ultrasound guidance to ensure precise placement of the medication.