If you or a loved one has painful or injured joints then you may be considering the different treatment options out there for improving the health of your joints. While there are many ways to treat painful joints, the goal of Preventive Health Medical Institute is to make sure that you have every treatment option available to you so that you can make the best choices regarding managing your joints. One way to treat painful joints is through platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy.
What is PRP therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma is found within the blood and contains a variety of growth factors that are vital for tissue repair. PRP therapy is often used for wound healing and treating joint pain; however, PRP therapy can also be used in conjunction with stem cells to regenerate tissue and stimulate the body’s natural healing response.
PRP is extracted from a sample of your blood using a centrifuge. Once the PRP has been prepared, it will be injected back into the body. Most patients will require more than one session spread out over the course of a few weeks in order to achieve the optimal results.
What is stem cell therapy?
Just like PRP, stem cells also have the ability to replace and repair damaged tissue within the joint. Within the joints are cells known as chondrocytes, and they are currently the focus of cellular therapy for the treatment of injured or degenerative joints. Through different stem cell therapies, doctors are able to create new cells, engineer healthy new tissue and also stimulate the joint to produce new healthy cells.
How can PRP and stem cell therapy improve my joints?
Patients who have painful joints benefit from stem cell therapy or PRP by placing concentrated healing components within the joint to repair the damaged muscles and improve how it functions overall. Furthermore, getting stem cell therapy and PRP therapy now could actually reduce the need for more aggressive treatment options such as surgery in the future.
If you are dealing with heart disease in Boise, ID, and want to learn more about stem cell and PRP therapy then call Preventive Health Medical Institute at (208) 813-9292 to schedule a consultation.