“Anyone who lives a sedentary life and does not exercise, even if he eats good foods and takes care of himself according to proper medical principles- all his days will be painful ones and his strength shall wane.”
– Maimonides, Treatise of Hygiene, 1199
Our bodies need to be active to be healthy. One of the most obvious forms of activity is through athletic activity. Athletics allows us to be physically fit, while providing ongoing motivation through fun, accomplishment, engaging challenges and, often times, camaraderie from being part of a team. These qualities of sports help to integrate exercise into a lifestyle for even every day, “weekend warrior” athletes.
Athletes can be those who engage in activity levels anywhere in the spectrum from the competitive Olympic runner to the 50-year-old just taking up running to the 80-year-old Tai Chi enthusiast.
While we exercise, the strain on our tissues creates micro-injuries. The body typically responds by repairing the damaged tissue with stronger, more robust structures. We see this in larger muscles as well as stronger ligaments and tendons along with their attachments to bones. Athletes face the potential of increased strain on tissues through repetitive activities, motions and trauma. This results in increased tissues stress/strain and the increased potential for degeneration of tissues. This occurs because the body’s healing mechanism is exhausted, and the tissue repair mechanisms can’t keep up with the breakdown.
Another common complaint in athletes involves acute injuries. When this happens, the tissue damage may overwhelm the body’s healing cascade.
In normal tissue healing, we generally notice less soreness after 1-5 days, with complete healing occurring in about 60 days. When tissues remain sore beyond this typical timeframe, there is a chance that structure will remain damaged. This is where regenerative medicine can play a big role to initiate, or expedite, repair in tissues that have hit a roadblock in healing. In these scenarios, physicians can inject concentrated platelets (PRP), then sometimes with regenerative stem cells, directly into the injured tissue. This is optimized by use of ultrasound, or X-ray guidance. When these blood products are placed at the site of injury, several physiologic events begin to occur including:
- Increased blood flow through new blood vessel formation.
- Removal of dead cells and tissue debris.
- Formation of a healthier scar that provides a framework for new tissue growth.
- Production of new connective tissue (collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid and ground substance).
- Remodeling of the scar and muscle, tendon, ligaments.
- Decreased pain, increased stability in the structure, improved function, and return to activity.
What Is PRP?
Platelet Rich-Plasma (PRP) stimulates healing of injured or damaged connective tissues using growth factors found in your own blood platelets.
Why Use Your Own Platelets?
- Stimulates your body’s natural healing response to injured ligaments, tendons, cartilage
- Platelets contain an abundance of beneficial growth factors
- Provides a vigorous “kick-start” to the repair process
- Used around the world by professional athletes
- Minimal down time compared to surgery
- Minimally invasive and effective technique with decades of clinical studies
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used clinically to stimulate tissue repair and improve surgical outcomes since the late 1990’s for wound care, plastic surgery, hair regeneration, and musculoskeletal repair.
PRP therapy stimulates the natural healing process by saturating your injured and degenerated tissues with your own concentrated platelets filled with abundant growth factors and cytokines to dramatically enhance tissue repair. It provides a vigorous boost to the regenerative process. Our in-house laboratory at Serenity Medical Centers processes your PRP using state-of-the-art techniques to purify and quantify your platelet counts in order to optimize the healing process to its greatest potential.
Regenerative cell therapy, also known as regenerative medicine, holds tremendous promise as an alternative treatment for medical conditions that typically require surgery to fix. Regenerative cell therapies are much simpler and far less invasive than surgical procedures. Many people who experience shoulder arthritis, rotator cuff tears, and other joint-related injuries and degenerative conditions may find stem cell therapy offers better results while avoiding the typical side effects of surgery.
Our comprehensive process begins with a thorough review and examination to ensure you are a good candidate for the stem cell therapy you desire.
As a leading provider of preventive cell therapy and body rejuvenation, Serenity Medical Centers helps you achieve renewed health and improved well-being through natural, non-invasive techniques and procedures that use your body’s regenerative power. We focus on preventive care to improve and help maintain your health. Whether you’re managing chronic pain, looking to improve your overall health, or simply desire a more youthful appearance, Skin Science Soul helps you look good, feel good and be well.
If we feel that you are a good candidate for the stem cell procedure, you will then meet with the nursing team and the physician together to review the procedure. We encourage you to ask as many questions as possible to best understand our approach and our reasoning.
Comprehensive Orthopedic Consultation : For orthopedic procedures, you will receive a comprehensive consultation with our surgeon, who will evaluate your injury and treatment history. In the case of an injury for which you have had previous surgeries or treatments, we will explore, in-depth, the course of treatment and any applicable test results that may affect the outcome of therapy.
CANDIDATES FOR STEM CELL THERAPY
- Active Individuals
- People Who Suffer From Osteoarthritis
- Individuals Recommended for Surgery
Frequently Asked Questions
What conditions respond to PRP therapy?
Many injuries to the joints, ligaments and tendons have been proven to improve and heal with localized injections of PRP directly into the damaged areas. Most chronically painful musculoskeletal conditions are the result of injuries and degeneration coupled with diminished healing at the weak connection sites in these tissues. Other conditions studied that respond to PRP stimulation include hair thinning, scars on the skin, urinary incontinence, and nerve injuries. More uses are being discovered every year as PRP has become much more accepted in the medical community and the research literature continues to expand.
How many PRP treatments are typically needed?
Most tissues that we treat require a series of 2 to 4 treatments, usually 4-8 weeks apart. Some patients respond well to a single treatment but usually repetition is required.
How is Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) created?
Your blood is drawn using standard techniques and processed in the Serenity Medical Centers laboratory sterilely using a series of steps. The platelets are concentrated and cell counts are measured to optimize the purity and quantity of the final solution.
Are my platelets too old or diseased to use successfully?
Your body replenishes and renews your bone marrow and platelets constantly throughout your lifetime. You have a virtually endless supply of these beneficial growth factors and cells.
What Is Regenerative Cell Therapy?
Stem cells are unique cells in the human body that can transform into many different types of cells depending on how and where a doctor injects them into the patient. Stem cell therapy uses either the patient’s own stem cells extracted from their bone marrow or cells derived from donated umbilical cord tissue, and then we inject the extracted stem cells, along with the patient’s platelet-rich plasma, into the target area.
How Long Does Stem Cell Therapy Last?
After a stem cell therapy procedure, the stem cells injected into the patient will continue to work and form new cells in the target area for up to one year. However, this does not mean it will take one full year for the patient to experience relief. Most patients report improvement within one to two weeks following their stem cell therapy procedures. Following treatment, patients continue with physical therapy and the recommended treatments from their doctors as the stem cells continue to work.
While surgery can be an effective treatment for some injuries and joint conditions, surgery also entails a host of adverse side effects including painful recovery time, potential for infection, and the requirement to take heavy-duty pain medication following surgery. By comparison, most people who undergo stem cell therapy for their joint problems start experiencing relief within a few weeks after their stem cell injection sites in the shoulder heal.
Is Stem Cell Therapy Right for Me?
The clinical results of stem cell therapy testing have proven very promising thus far. Stem cell therapy isn’t for everyone, including those with active cancers, infections, and blood-related medical conditions. If you have struggled with joint pain from a serious injury or degenerative condition and want to avoid surgery, consult with your physician about whether stem cell therapy could be an acceptable alternative for you.
Instead of contending with months of recovery after an invasive surgical procedure, stem cell therapy could help you experience relief from common shoulder injuries within just a few weeks or months. The stem cells injected into the target area will continue working for up to one year, and many patients do not require multiple treatments. Consider the benefits of trying stem cell therapy for your joint problems and experience an effective alternative to surgery.
We offer stem cell therapy as a treatment option. If you’re interested in learning how stem cell therapy may help you, contact us today.