Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
What is PRP and Stem Cell Therapy
And Which One May Work Best For You?
PRP Injection Therapy
PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection therapy can promote and aid the body’s natural healing of injured tendons, ligaments, and joints, and can be used to treat musculoskeletal problems. The objective is not only to relieve symptoms but to potentially assist in healing. PRP may reduce the need for medication and/or surgery.
A small amount of your blood is drawn and then spun at high speed. At this point the platelet rich plasma contains three to five times the concentration of platelets and healing factors compared to normal human blood. This is then injected around or near the area of injury and often with the aid of an ultrasound or X-ray. Because the treatment is derived from your own blood, the risk of infection is low.
The injury being treated and your initial response to therapy, will determine if a single injection or a series of injections is needed. After the injection you may gradually return to normal physical activities.
Stem Cell Injection Therapy
Stem cell injection therapy extracts cells from bone marrow and can be in conjunction with PRP. Stem cells are injected into the affected area. Stem cells can divide and develop into certain types of cells allowing them to help in the healing process. When administering stem cell injections, we may use medical imaging, such as ultrasound or X-ray, in order to deliver cells precisely to the damaged site.
Stem cell treatment may be indicated for a site not responsive to other treatment regimens and may offer a viable alternative to those who are facing surgery. Eliminating lengthy and painful rehabilitation periods and decreasing risk of infection.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. W. Chris Kostman, please call 314-966-8887.
Both PRP and stem cell therapy can be used to treat tendon bone insertional injuries, partial tears, as well as relieve arthritic symptoms and decrease inflammation with potentially less risks, less side effects and better outcomes than hyaluronic acid/viscosupplementation or steroids. There may be minimal down time and less risks then associated with surgery. These are advantages of utilizing your body’s own healing potential.
A Partial List of Potential Applications for PRP Injections:
- Tendon Injuries
- Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (golfers elbow)
- Achilles Tendonitis of the Ankle
- Patellar Tendonitis of the Knee,
- Bicep Tendonitis shoulder and elbow
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis of the Shoulder,