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Stem Cell Injections for Knee Arthritis – What are the Options?

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Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a medical joint condition (disorder) caused by loss of articular cartilage  that happens as we age. Though there are medications and other factors that can cause it in people of all ages, it usually develops after age 40. Stem Cells for Knee Arthritis

Knee arthritis in particular tends to be common because of the wear and tear that our knees get day in and out.  The knee is known to have limited regenerative capacity, is quite painful and has the tendency to affect the quality of life for most patients who suffer from it.

According to reasearch and statistics, one in two people are expected to develop knee arthritis by age 85. Some of the most commonly known symptoms are: swelling, stiffness, warmth, fever and creaking of the knee joint.

Until several years ago, most patients suffering from knee arthritis were recommended painful and risky knee surgery. Though often effective, knee surgery comes with several possible complications along with a long recovery period. Fortunately, stem cell therapy for knees is now an option for many that offers a patient a safe and effective way to treat arthritis in the knee rather quickly and with little risk.

Stem cell therapy for knee arthritis consists of a non-surgical effective alternative treatment to treat the cause of this painful and debilitating condition by allowing the damaged knee to regenerate its cartilage. Some versions of the treatment are: prolotherapy, adult stem cell therapy, or platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

How does it work?

Stem Cells Orange CountyWhere low blood flow doesn’t allow the body to naturally heal itself, stem cells have the ability to self-renew and repair the cartilage. Stem cells are harvested directly from the patient and combined with PRP (the natural growth factors found in the body) they sustain the development of new body parts such as tendons, joints or ligaments. PRP therapy is very effective in both stem cell development and stem cell independent regeneration inside the body.

The most commonly known risks associated with knee surgery are severe pain and disability. Why go through all this trouble when you can rely on progressive science and technology? There are many successful stories of stem cell and PRP therapies used to treat knee arthritis, with minimal recovery time and no reports of serious adverse effects.

Stem cell treatment is safe and efficient, and if necessary, it can be repeated to obtain best results. At TeleHealth, Board Certified doctors offer numerous regenerative medicine treatments including bone marrow and fat derived stem cell injections along with PRP therapy.

At times, insurance covers the treatment (or part of it). Call (888) 885-8675 for more information and scheduling today!

An Overview of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

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Platelet Rich Plasma known by the simple initials PRP is a therapy that is designed to facilitate healing by the regeneration of soft tissues and cells in the body. This treatment has become quite popular, especially in sports medicine with athletes such as basketball star Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods both using PRP to treat their knee problems.

This treatment has also made waves in the aesthetic medicine world as reality star Kim Kardashian also jumped on the PRP bandwagon to rejuvenate her skin. With such different uses for this platelet rich plasma, one would wonder what PRP Therapy Orange Countyexactly is PRP therapy and how is able to treat anything from hair loss to tendon and ligament injuries. We explain below.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet rich plasma is a concentration of platelets which are derived from a patient’s blood. This is the end product of blood centrifugation which simply means separating the red and white blood cells from plasma and platelets. As the name “rich” suggests, this is a high concentration of platelets that have been suspended in plasma.

Now, many would wonder why it would be necessary to separate the red and white blood cells from the blood and instead opt to increase platelets. Well, platelets contain various factors that generate cell multiplication, recruitment and specialization.

Platelets are rich in growth factors and as such the concentration of platelets increases the growth factors from the normal quantity in the blood which is usually about six percent to about 94 percent.

The result of centrifugation is plasma filled with hemostatic factors thanks to the plasma proteins and platelets as well as healing factors from the platelet derived growth factors. The blood is usually derived from the patient’s arm and the concentration process takes only about 20 minutes in a clinical setting.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: Its Uses

Stem cell doctorsAs we indicated above, PRP therapy is used in many ways. These platelets are mainly used to hasten the healing process and induce hemostasis especially in injuries. Various studies have been conducted with results in favor of the treatment. A good example is in sports medicine where platelet rich plasma has been seen to induce healing in tendon and ligament injuries.

Platelet rich plasma can also improve muscle regeneration and bone healing as it increases the cells in the body. PRP injections have also been used in pain management, erectile dysfunction treatment; arthritis management and treating pigmentation just to mention a few. For instance, published studies have shown PRP therapy for knee arthritis actually works very well.

While most PRP treatments are still at their clinical stages, this therapy is still considered quite effective and fairly low risk. This is because it utilizes the patient’s own blood and reduces the risks of infection, seroma formation, blood transfusions and cell rejections. PRP accelerates healing and improves the outcome of the treatment as it comes with very few complications. With more research and great execution, PRP therapy could be even more useful in modern medicine.

TeleHealth offers multiple stem cell therapies for arthritis, back pain, ligament and tendon injuries. In addition, PRP therapy is offered for both musculoskeletal injury along with cosmetic indications such as hair loss and wrinkles. Some of the musculoskeletal indications are covered by insurance!

Call (888) 885-8675 for more information and scheduling today!

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