Stem cell and PRP therapy are forms of regenerative medicine that can help with pain management and healing to treat a wide variety of conditions. Coast Spine and Sports Medicine offers PRP and stem cell therapy to patients in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA.
What Is PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy uses your own blood, which is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets. This platelet-rich plasma is then re-injected at the site of an injury to release growth factors. This promotes natural but accelerated tissue healing, and it has been found to improve function, speed healing, and reduce pain in people with soft tissue injuries like tendonitis. PRP injections are also a powerful pain management tool as they can reduce the need for stronger pain medication like opioids or anti-inflammatory medications.
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy in Los Angeles is often categorized with PRP therapy but they are very different. The only similarity is that both begin with drawing a sample from your body. In the case of stem cell therapy, adult stem cells will be harvested from your fat or bone marrow, which are used along with platelets.
Stem cells harvested from fat tissue are usually combined with platelets and and used to treat cartilage damage such as osteoarthritis. Stem cells harvested from the bone marrow can create cartilage and may be used to treat sports injuries and arthritis.
How Much Do PRP and Stem Cell Therapy Cost in Los Angeles, CA?
PRP therapy is typically more affordable than stem cell therapy, but the cost of each treatment will depend on factors such as the injury that is being treated and the number of injections you will need. During your first appointment, we will develop a customized treatment plan to treat your pain. If you are found to be a good candidate for stem cell therapy or PRP therapy, we will review the cost of your treatment. Coast Spine and Sports Medicine accepts many forms of insurance along with financing through CareCredit®.
How Are Stem Cell Therapy and PRP Therapy Performed in Los Angeles?
Stem cell therapy involves conducting an aspiration from the bone marrow or fatty deposit. In the case of a bone marrow aspiration, a long needle is used to aspirate stem cells from the hip. The cells are then isolated in a centrifuge and delivered to the site of the injury using ultrasound guidance. The stem cells will activate once injected to help regenerate new, healthy tissue to replace damaged cartilage, bone, ligament, muscle, or tendon.
The PRP injection procedure is somewhat similar. The procedure begins with a blood draw, and then the sample is spun in a centrifuge to isolate and concentrate platelet-rich plasma. This PRP is injected into damaged tissue to concentrate growth and healing factors that can help encourage more efficient healing of soft tissue.
What Can PRP and Stem Cell Therapy Treat?
PRP therapy is typically used for soft tissue injuries to accelerate healing, especially with injuries that can cause complications. PRP injections are frequently used to treat conditions such as:
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Tennis Elbow
- Chronic Tendonitis
- Knee Ligament Tears
- Herniated Disc
- Meniscal Tears
- Facet Joint Syndrome
PRP therapy is typically used for injuries that are not traumatic or very severe, such as a serious bulging disc or complete tear of the rotator cuff. Stem cell therapy can be used for more serious issues involving damaged or degenerated tissue.
If you have suffered a sports injury or you are dealing with a painful spinal condition like degenerative disc disease, you may be a good candidate for stem cell therapy or PRP therapy if your pain has not responded to more conservative options. Call us to make an appointment at Coast Spine and Sports Medicine to learn more. We welcome men and women in Los Angeles and Orange County, including the communities of Santa Ana, Rancho Cucamonga, and Downey, CA.