Stem Cells: Are they right for you?

Biologic factors to enhance healing and treat degenerative arthritis are commonly being performed and our patients are constantly asking the doctors at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute if Stem Cells or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are correct for them.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is performed by taking a blood sample from the patient, spinning the blood down to isolate the growth factors and injecting these cells into the injured joint. The success rate varies depending on the diagnosis and chronicity of the disease. In general, soft tissue injuries including lateral epicondylitis of the elbow (“tennis elbow”), patellar tendonitis of the knee (“jumper’s knee”), iliotibial band tendonitis of the knee (“runner’s knee) and Achilles tendonitis respond best to PRP. Degenerative arthritis of either the shoulder, knee and hip can be significantly helped but the results can vary.

Stem cells are the  New buzz word and there is evolving evidence that they play a role in the treatment of musculoskeletal disease. Adult stem cells have the most promise for use right now and there are two types that are utilized. Both of the types are taken from the patient’s own body. A third type are amniotic cells taken from a donor.

There are advantages and disadvantages of each type but the best information a patient can get is discussing the possibilities with their doctor at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute. All of our doctors are experts in Stem Cells and PRP and we will discuss whether these new and exciting treatment modalities will alleviate your pain and increase your mobility.

 

 

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