Think of your body’s stem cells as a type of naturally occurring repair system. With unique regenerative capabilities, stem cells are on the frontier of advanced medical care and can be used safely to help restore your body’s normal function from of a variety of conditions, including joint tissue restoration and repair.
At Choice Restorative Medicine, our medical team may prescribe the use of stem cells for the non-surgical treatment and repair to help with arthritis, including the knees, hips, elbows, and shoulders.
To help determine whether you are a candidate for stem cell therapy or PRP treatments, we will look at your medical history, including any X-rays, to help us diagnose if there is degenerative damage to the tissues surrounding the joint in question.
Frequently Asked Questions Surrounding Stem Cell / PRP Treatment
How do stem cells work?
Stem cells read the chemical signals given off by damaged tissue and your body. Based on the signals the stem cells know what to fix and how to fix it.
Does it work?
Stem cells can be used to treat a variety of conditions. The success rate is estimated to be about 90% for the types of cases that we treat. Some factors can decrease the success of the stem cells and some patients may not be able to get cellular medicine treatments because of their condition or their medications. A thorough evaluation will help your doctor decide if stem cells could help you.
Is it safe?
The use of cellular medicine is considered to be safe for most patients. The cells will not have an allergic or rejection reaction in your body. The risks are similar to having any type of injection.
Compared to the long-term use of medications including steroids, anti-inflammatories, and pain medications as well as surgery, the injections are much less invasive and can have a significant effect on the pain levels and function levels of the person receiving them.
How long does it take to feel better?
Many patients will report feeling better within a couple of days or weeks after the injection. Regenerative medicine is like a construction process in the body so the effects generally take place over time and the patient improves gradually overtime. Most patients reach their peak improvement after about six months but some will continue to have positive changes even after that.
How much does it cost?
PRP treatments start at $695 and stem cell treatments start at $5000. The amount of medicine needed will depend on your condition.
We have convenient financing options available for all patients. Please let us show you our options.
How many treatments will I need?
With stem cells, most patients receive one treatment. If a condition is severe a patient may elect to have a second treatment to Improve their results.
PRP can sometimes be one injection and other times may be a series of injections depending on your condition.
In many cases patients will not need to have treatment again although some chronic conditions may need “tune-ups” or boosters as you go through your lifetime.
What’s the difference between stem cells and PRP?
PRP or platelet rich plasma uses your blood cells in a concentrated form to create a healing response in the body. Stem cells come from donor umbilical cord Blood. Each type of cell creates a different response in the body. In general, stem cell is considered to be more potent and more consistent because of the nature of the cells. Sometimes one treatment is better than the other depending on the patient’s age, physical health, and condition. In many instances we will use a combination of the cells to get the best response.
Why should I use regenerative medicine instead of surgery?
Though all surgeries cannot be prevented, many can be prevented or delayed for indefinite period of time using regenerative Medicine.
Surgeries carry the risk of anesthesia reactions, infections, post-surgical complications, and in some cases death.
The success rate of most joint replacement surgeries is considered to be around 90%, The same as with stem cells and PRP. The recovery time after a joint replacement is typically 6 to 8 weeks where you may not be able to do many activities at all.
With regenerative medicine there is minimal and in some cases no downtime. There is a very small risk of infection at the injection site similar to any other type of injection.
Some conditions like a chronic Back pain or arthritis would not qualify for a surgical solution. In these cases stem cells and PRP can often be helpful where surgery won’t even be attempted.