Regenerative Medicine Solutions from Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic
Regenerative medicine is an emerging branch of medical sciences that involves the process of restoring soft tissue that is lost due to age, chronic diseases, or severe injuries. It is a drug-free and minimally invasive solution for pain relief, increased mobility and improving your overall quality of life. Two of the most common regenerative medicine treatment options to repair damaged tissues are stem cell (SC) and platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) based-therapies. Using a patient’s own tissues to encourage natural healing processes, these types of therapies offer new hope to patients who have conditions that cannot be resolved by traditional medicine.
Stem Cell vs. Platelet-Rich-Plasma Therapy
Though SC and PRP therapies share a number of similarities, they are not the same. There are big differences in their preparation procedures in addition to their functionality. Read on to learn more about each type of therapy, including some of their benefits and the common conditions that they treat:
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are raw building materials that serve the primary function of regenerating or replacing damaged tissue throughout the body. They can form into new stem cells or specialized cells that offer a specific function such as muscle cells, blood cells or bone.
How does a stem cell procedure work?
SC therapy is an in-office procedure using your own blood. Stem cells are injected into the affected area which requires healing. The therapy is minimally invasive with the goal being to get your body to naturally heal itself.
What are the benefits of stem cell therapy?
- Maintains and repairs injured and diseased tissues
- Produces significant anti-inflammatory effects
- Treats conditions that are unresponsive to standard therapies
- Promotes natural reparative processes
- Potential to treat and manage chronic diseases
What conditions does stem cell therapy treat?
- Ophthalmological Conditions
- Cardiac or Pulmonary Conditions
- Neurological Conditions
- Auto-Immune Diseases
Red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets are the four components that make up blood. Platelets are especially important for promoting blood clotting to prevent excess bleeding if, for example, you get a cut. Platelets also contain special proteins that help wounds heal. Using growth factors in platelets, PRP therapy is therefore designed to increase the volume of platelets in your body and deliver a higher concentration of this healing property to the affected area.
How does a platelet-rich-plasma procedure work?
PRP therapy involves drawing a small sample of your blood where the blood is then processed in a centrifuge to separate blood cells from plasma. The remaining plasma contains a higher number of platelets which is then injected directly into the area that requires healing.
What are the benefits of platelet-rich-plasma therapy?
- Faster healing of soft tissue injuries
- Stimulates wound healing
- May eliminate the need for extensive treatments
- Promotes anti-inflammatory effects
- Effective for treating acute conditions like sports injuries
What conditions does platelet-rich-plasma therapy treat?
- Acute muscle and ligament injuries
- Chronic tendon injuries
- Joint injuries including the shoulders, elbows and knees
- Instability and pain
While SC and PRP therapies are not mutually exclusive, they naturally work together to potentially treat damaged tissue. At Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic, we can review your medical history, assess your condition, and help you choose a treatment solution that meets your specific needs.
Contact Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic to find out more about our stem cell and platelet-rich-plasma therapy services. Call us at (601) 366-1011 to make an appointment for a consultation. We’ll help you find a solution that works for you!