Regenerative medicine therapy, such as stem cell or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, stimulates the body’s natural healing process. At Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc., Ahmed Bata, MD, uses state-of-the-art technology to promote healing and restore function. The practice is highly regarded for its expert treatments and personalized care. Call one of the offices in Loma Linda and Riverside, California, or book an appointment online today.
Stem cells are found throughout your body, such as in blood and bone marrow, and have natural healing properties that benefit areas that are damaged or injured. Stem cells can be injected into these areas to promote healing. They can be taken from your body or donated from human tissue.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is another revolutionary injection treatment to help the body heal itself. A small amount of blood is taken from your arm and placed in a device that separates the blood components so that the platelets are concentrated. The platelets are mixed with a small amount of plasma and injected into the treatment area.
PRP injections are used to reduce swelling and speed the healing process. They’re used for injuries where there has been damage to tissues. Common injuries and conditions that may benefit from the injections include:
PRP may also be used during a surgical procedure to aid with faster healing.
Dr. Bata uses PRP to offer a wide range of benefits to his patients. Some of the orthopedic benefits may include:
In many cases, PRP may reduce the need for medications and surgery. Since PRP is comes from your own blood, it’s the preferred treatment due to its reduced risk of allergic reactions or other adverse effects.
When PRP is injected into the damaged area, mild inflammation triggers the healing cascade. As the platelets organize in the treatment area, they release growth factors and other proteins to promote healing and attract stem cells to repair the damaged area.
The use of PRP treatment has increased in recent years to treat various conditions in many fields, including orthopedics and sports medicine. Numerous articles confirm its positive effect.
Though PRP treatment has been used safely and successfully on many patients, it’s not FDA approved and most insurance plans don’t cover it.
If you’d like to schedule a consultation to see if you’re a candidate for stem cell injections, consult with Dr. Bata at Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc. Call the office nearest you or book your appointment online today.