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What is a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection?

A platelet-rich plasma injection is a regenerative therapy that utilizes growth factors from a patient’s blood to heal musculoskeletal injuries. Much like stem cell therapy, PRP injections take powerful self-healing properties from the patient and inject them into damaged tissue to boost healing, reduce pain, and decrease inflammation. The goal of PRP injection therapy is to heal injuries naturally, reducing the patient’s need for medications and/or surgery. Additionally, PRP injections use the body’s own concentrated platelets, which reduces a patient’s risk of infection and other possible treatment complications.

What can I expect during a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection?

During a PRP injection, the patient’s blood is drawn and put into a centrifuge where it is spun at a high speed. This medical device separates the contents of blood, allowing the physician to extract a concentrated solution of platelet-rich plasma. These concentrated platelets are then injected near or around the area being treated. Because PRP injections use the patient’s own blood, this treatment option can be repeated as often as necessary. After the injection, Dr. Sial may recommend rest and limited physical activity for the first 24-48 hours. Mild pain and irritation near the injection site is common and may last several days following the injection. Three to seven days after the treatment, patients may be able to return to their normal level of functioning. Dr. Sial will go over post-procedural aftercare instructions immediately after the PRP injection.

What conditions benefit most from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections?

Compared to normal human blood, platelet-rich plasma contains three to five times the concentration of growth factors. As such, this regenerative therapy is most often recommended for patients suffering from musculoskeletal injuries and pain conditions. For many years, PRP injections were used to treat basic tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries. Now, they’re being used to treat those injuries and cartilage and bones injuries; degenerative conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis; chronic conditions such as back and neck pain; spinal pain from spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease, and some chronic pain conditions. PRP injections are a safe, effective way to achieve pain naturally. To find out if PRP therapy is right for you, call American Stem Cell Group today to schedule an appointment.

Are there risks associated with platelet-rich plasma injections?

PRP therapy has been used for more than 20 years in various surgical and medical fields. Because PRP injections use the patient’s own blood, the risk of reaction or infection is low. However, it is still possible for patients to experience adverse reactions to PRP injections. Patients who develop a fever and/or experience increased pain, redness, swelling, or infection around the injection site should contact Dr. Sial immediately.

What is stem cell therapy?

The body is a powerful self-healing organism that uses a number of regenerative properties to replace damaged or dying cells with newer, healthier cells. To explain the potential of stem cells even further, think about it this way: when you sustain an injury, like a small cut, you can expect to see your cut heal within a matter of hours to a couple of days. The cells that performed this regenerative task are the very cells that have fascinated the medical community for years: stem cells. For the medical professionals at American Stem Cell Group, stem cell therapy is an in-office procedure that requires removing fat from the hip to extract and harvest adipose-derived stem cells. After a couple hours of processing, our team reinjects those cells either intravenously or directly into your damaged tissue. Simply put, our goal is to enhance the body's natural regenerative process.

What is cell banking?

Cell banking is a way to preserve stem cells and multiply the quantities of your cells. The wonderful thing about banking adipose-derived stem cells is that your cells can be repeatedly deployed for future use. By using a cell bank, you are literally depositing potential life-saving cells for future use, should your body ever develop a disease or experience an injury.

What does the FDA say about stem cells?

While the FDA does not approve stem cell therapy itself, it does approve the tools that are used during this procedure. Nevertheless, our practice operates under rigorous medical guidelines, and every patient is free to choose whichever treatment option they believe will be most beneficial to them. Our work is performed in conjunction with your specialist.

Does American Stem Cell Group provide a travel concierge for its services?

If you live outside the state of California or are more than 50 miles from any of our locations, please give us a call at (951) 734-7246. You can also fill out our application to alert our team of any required travel arrangements.

What are the risks of stem cell therapy?

Although stem cell therapy uses the body's own healing properties, it is still a medical treatment with inherent risks. We believe these risks and side effects are minimal when compared to alternative therapies. Your greatest risk as a patient may be the ineffectiveness of the cells we harvest. Unfortunately, it is possible your stem cells will not have any effect on your damaged tissue. Studies have shown that the younger and healthier the patient, the greater the effectiveness of stem cell therapy. That being said, even a minimal increase in function of a body part or organ can make an incredible difference for a patient who has been limited in their function and quality of life.

What do the studies show about the effectiveness of stem cell therapy?

In the many years of stem cell therapy research, we have learned a number of things. Most notably, stem cells are very safe, even when the recipient is not the actual donor. We've also discovered the potency of stem cells decrease with age. Additionally, we've learned finding the right kind of stem cells for the problem we're addressing is essential to providing an effective treatment. Furthermore, receiving a higher dosage doesn't necessarily relate to improved function. Lastly, there is significant promise in stem cell research

Will my insurance cover stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is entirely cash pay. Fill out our application or call our office to learn more about payment options.