Our experienced board-certified radiologist will review your MRI of any other diagnostic exams to confirm the diagnosis.
Our physicians have years of experience in minimally invasive procedures with additional training in regenerative injection techniques. The entire staff is dedicated to providing you with the best possible experience. Schedule an appointment with our physicians to determine if on of these cutting-edge procedures could be right for you.
All procedures are performed under the guidance of ultrasound, CT or an X-ray unit to maximize results. We’ve incorporated the latest innovations that help us obtain the best concentrations of PRP and stem cells.
Regenerative therapies are a spectrum of cutting-edge therapeutic techniques used to naturally treat and heal the underlying cause of a painful condition rather than masking the symptom. Regenerative therapies stimulate and accelerate your own body’s natural ability to heal itself. Two of the most effective regenerative therapies include stem cells and platelet rich plasma.
Stem cells are “undifferentiated” cells, which allow them to develop into another type of cell that is required to repair or replace damaged tissue. The main function of the stem cell is to produce cytokines, growth factors and exosomes that stimulate existing stem cells of the joint or tendon. These stem cell products are also known to exhibit potent anti-inflammatory effects.
Stem cell therapy can potentially repair tissues that are too damaged to heal on their own and provide significant pain relief.
In 2010, NY Yankees pitcher, Bartolo Colon and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning received stem cell injections. Since then Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, David Beckham, Max Scherzer, Stephen Curry and many others attributed stem cell treatment for helping them return to their respective sports.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy utilizes platelets taken from the patient’s own blood to rebuild damaged tendons or cartilage.
Platelets normally circulate within the blood stream and are responsible for blood clotting and initiating a healing response in an acute injury. Many acute injuries do not heal adequately and can lead to chronic pain and loss of function of the injured area. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy allows us to harvest the patient’s own platelets and re-inject those platelets into the site of the injury to initiate healing and improvement of function. This is typically done under image guidance such as ultrasound, X- Ray or CT.
Since discovered by Dr. G Hackett in 1950’s, wider acceptance of PRP therapy was seen in 1970’s. By early 2000’s orthopedists, plastic and oral surgeons were using PRP to boost healing in bone grafts and fractures.
In 2008, Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver, Hines Ward received PRP for the right knee medial collateral ligament sprain and credited PRP for his ability to play and win Super Bowel XLIII.
- Back Pain
- Tennis or Golfer’s elbow
- Osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and shoulder
- Joint injuries
- Ligament, cartilage & tendon injuries
Stem Cell treatments of conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease and Diabetes require laboratory differentiation of the Stem Cells and are beyond scope of this treatment.
The Injection Procedure
Platelet rich plasma therapy and stem cell injections are done at our office and take about an hour. Patients return home the same day and are often able to return to work the following day.
Not all regenerative therapies are the same
We do not provide injection of amniotic or umbilical cord products as these can be a source of contamination, infection or host reaction.
Since the product is obtained from the patient’s own body, there is no fear of rejection. PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood. The Stem Cells are obtained from the patient’s pelvic bone, where the highest concentration is found.
These types of autologous stem cell therapies are offered at world renowned centers such as Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Stanford.
We do not use Adipose Stem Cells, which require non-FDA approved chemical manipulation.
Important questions to ask:
Two advantages of a stem cell injection over surgery are:
- No need for hospital stay
- No prolonged recovery
Most patients find themselves back in their daily routine the day after the procedure. Healing gradually happens over the course of 2-6 weeks and can continue for up to 12+ months.
- Uses your own body’s master cells to heal, rather than mask the pain
- Simple, outpatient procedural process
- Quick recovery
- Back to work the next day
Stem cell therapy procedures can treat the following conditions (but not limited to):
- Achilles tendonitis
- Achilles tears
- Ankle and foot arthritis
- Ankle sprains
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cartilage defects
- Degenerative disc disease
- Elbow tendonitis
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Golfer’s elbow
- Hand and wrist arthritis
- Hip arthritis
- Knee arthritis
- Knee ligament injuries
- Knee tendonitis
- Neck pain
- Pelvic pain
- Phantom limb pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post-herpetic neuralgia
- Post-laminectomy syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Rotator cuff tears
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Shoulder and elbow arthritis
- Spinal arthritis (facet syndrome)
- Spinal stenosis
- Tennis elbow
- Tension headaches
- Trigeminal neuralgia
If you don’t see your condition, please contact us. You may still be a candidate for stem cell therapy.