What Type of Regenerative Medicine Therapy Is Right for Me?

What Type of Regenerative Medicine Therapy Is Right for Me?

by Crystal (SU)

When you find yourself injured – even with a nagging old injury – or suffering from a painful joint condition like arthritis, a traditional doctor is often quick to suggest surgery if medication and physical therapy have not worked or are no longer working.

If you’ve exhausted all of your pain-management options, consider something that you might not have considered: regenerative medicine.

This special field of modern treatment not only helps reduce pain from injury or disease, but it can also help with something that you want to change about yourself – like rejuvenation of part of your body.

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy and stem cell therapy are two innovative types of regenerative medicine that can help you become a better, more mobile you. Let’s look deeper into what these two therapies are and what they can do for you.

How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Work?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy, often referred to as PRP therapy, is basically when a concentrate of your own blood platelets are re-injected into a vulnerable part of your body in effort to get your body to heal itself. For example, this can be a great option to consider for a painful old injury that might not necessarily require surgery. 

PRP therapy is always a possible option for arthritis pain or a mild injury. However, it’s not a viable option for healing a major tear or severe degeneration; in these cases, surgery may be the only option.

PRP injections can often be performed in a single trip to the doctor’s office. After your blood is drawn, the platelets are concentrated in a machine, and the concentrated solution is injected into the affected area. The doctor uses ultrasound vibration technology in order to precisely align the injection into the area of trouble.

It will, however, be up to your doctor to decide how many procedures you will need and to give you an idea of when you can start to notice a difference in mobility and a decrease in pain levels.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

The way that stem cell therapy works is that stem cells have the ability to grow and develop into many different kinds of cells in different organs and parts of your body. Though most commonly associated with a bone marrow transplant, it can help in regenerating other parts of the body as well.

Stem cell research is ongoing and continues to be developed every day, but researchers have found that stem cells have unique qualities that may help the body renew itself as necessary.

This therapy would involve specific injections of stem cells into tissue or organs in hopes that new, restorative tissue will replace the damaged tissue.

Stem Cell Therapy vs. PRP Therapy

The true difference between these therapies is how they aid in healing. Just as platelets collect to form a scab on your skin to heal a cut, platelets can foster healing in an injured knee. Therefore, plasma that is rich in platelets is meant to accelerate healing and repair.

Stem cells are believed to harness your own body’s power of regenerating and regrowing (as opposed to repairing like with PRP). Stem cell therapy can take longer to experience results, but many patients have reported less pain after receiving this therapy.

Everyone responds differently to every therapy and procedure. And since these methods are minimally invasive (via needle only) and use cells from your own body, the recovery and immune response are usually kept to an absolute minimum.

Sports Medicine Physician in Delaware

Could you benefit from regenerative medicine therapy? Contact us today to learn about your options – both surgical and nonsurgical – and discuss your goals with Dr. Vic Kalman in Wilmington, Delaware.

Call us at (302) 529-5500 to schedule an appointment or to discuss your health issues with our staff. We look forward to serving you and helping you feel much better, so you can get back to your active lifestyle.