Orthopaedic PRP and Stem Cell Therapy:
Sports and Skeletal Injuries
As we age, our cartilage, discs and tendons deteriorate and are damaged through injury and natural wear and tear.
Some joint disease can be improved and even reversed through Stem Cell (ADSC) and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy. There are numerous published studies to support this.
In addition, Stem Cell/PRP Therapy is not destructive to joints like cortisone (corticosteroid) injection – presently the most commonly used form of non-surgical treatment.
Regenerative Medicine in Orthopaedics is moving into Cellular and Other Integrated Treatments to repair such damage and potentially enhance performance.
How is Autologous Orthopaedic Stem Cell Therapy administered for sport injuries?
Stem cells are extracted from your abdominal fat and combined with your PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). They are then activated and injected directly into the affect joint or area of soft tissue injury.
Contact us today for a full assessment of your musculoskeletal condition and find out how Adult Stem Cell (Stromal Vascular Fraction) and/or Platelet Rich (PRP) Injections can benefit you.
Orthopaedic Peptide Therapy
Custom-made prescription-only peptides can be supplied to you before and after treatment to optimise and enhance benefits from the stem cell therapy. These can include topical (cream) and subcutaneous injectable peptides for home use’ or intra-articular injectable peptides that are administered by the doctor to assist with pain and tissue regeneration.
PRP for Joints
PRP treatment which stands for “Platelet Rich Plasma” is a treatment method that has really taken off within the last 5 years. It is commonly used for helping injured joints, facial rejuvenation and in more recent times for hair loss.
It was in 2010 when superstar golfer Tiger Woods openly revealed that he received PRP treatments to improve the condition of his injured knees. Other sport superstars that have reported to using platelet rich plasma to treat sport injuries are tennis great Rafael Nadal and NBA great Kobe Bryant (1)
What is PRP?
The term PRP stands for “Platelet Rich Plasma” and involves separating the components of blood, extracting the platelets from the blood that contain growth factors and after a few other procedural steps concludes by having the PRP injected into the treatment area.
Blood contains an average of 200,000 platelets per ml of blood and the PRP procedure steps when done properly produce “platelet rich plasma” which contains about 5 times the normal amount of platelets. Therefore 1,000,000 platelets per ml of PRP. When this PRP is injected within an isolated area such as an injured joint, it results in growth factors (within the platelets) delivering their benefit.
How does PRP help with joints?
PRP attempts to take advantage of our blood’s natural healing abilities to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscles.
When performed properly, the desired outcomes when treating joints with PRP is to:
- Reduce pain
- Improve joint function and range of motion
- Halt or reverse damage to the joint
What is involved in having this treatment?
A small amount of blood is taken out from your arm, placed into tubes which are then put through a number of procedural steps with the aim of separating and concentrating the component of blood rich in growth factor. It is concluded by having the PRP injected into the affected joints. One session takes around 45-60 minutes to complete.
How many treatments are required?
Typically two or three PRP treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is what it takes to deliver a noticeable benefit. Some patients have reported significant pain reduction after only 1 session and did not feel the need to have a second.
Once the joint pain has been resolved, patients can wait until it becomes noticeable again before coming back for further maintenance treatments. The frequency of this can vary from every 6 to 24 months.
How do I book in for treatment?
You will first need to be consulted by the Doctor who will assess your suitability for PRP treatment for joints and discuss the treatment with you in further detail.
Consultations and PRP for joint treatments are available in both Melbourne and Sydney.
Phone or online enquiries welcome.
Kickboxing photograph kindly supplied with thanks by Momentum Technique Martial Arts, Adelaide