By using the patient’s own blood and placing it into a special machine that spins the collection at a high rate of speed, which separates the platelets from the blood
components, Arizona pain management doctors are able to help heal an injured or arthritic joint. The platelets from the person’s blood releases growth factors that improve natural healing of tissue that is damaged or injured.
The platelets are tiny cells in the blood that are critical to healing. They are the body’s main source of tissue growth factors, as the platelets contain thousands of growth factors, necessary for healing. Some of the growth factors that platelets contain include:
- Connective tissue growth factor
- Epidermal growth factor
- Insulin growth factor
- Platelet derived growth factor
- Vascular endothelial growth factor
These are just some of the growth factors contained in the body’s platelets. The platelets along with the growth factors work together to naturally heal the body in response to injury or degenerative wear-and-tear. When a person’s growth factors are highly concentrated and then re-injected into the body (at the site of injury), a powerful healing response is seen.
Why Use Your Own Stem Cells?
Platelet rich plasma therapy is often used with a fibrin matrix to bridge the gap in extremely damaged tissue, ligaments or tendons. This process allows for new collagen to form and create a matrix along the damaged site. When a person’s own stem cells are used, regeneration occurs and even the most severely damaged tissue can be initiated to heal.
In a person’s own blood there are concentrates of fibrin, platelets and mesenchymal stem cells. Bioactive growth factors are also present in high concentration, but scattered throughout the blood. The key component of platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) is to spin the concentration of blood so that the growth factors can be separated.
Research shows that using PRP promotes the production of new collagen and rebuilds joint cartilage as well as strengthens injured tendons and ligaments. The rebuilding comes from the introduction of a person’s own stem cells being introduced into the injury site.
The concentrated platelets do a great job of “calling in” the body’s stem cells to initiate repair. The new collagen becomes naturally incorporated into the patient’s existing cartilage, ligaments and tendons. The process makes the injury site stronger, thicker, more viable and elastic.
If you have questions regarding how effective it is to use your body’s own stem cells for the healing of damage or injury, seek answers from your stem cell specialist today.
The Arizona Pain Stem Cell Institute offers regenerative medicine treatments including research projects with amniotic derived stem cells, bone marrow derived stem cells and platelet rich plasma therapy. The projects are non-randomized, meaning all patients receive the regenerative medicine treatments. Treatments are industry subsidized and typically cost 40% less than what is typically seen with stem cell treatments.
All treatments at the Institute are performed by Award Winning, Board Certified Scottsdale pain management doctors.
To find out more about the Arizona Pain Stem Cell Institute and potential treatments available to help with your back, neck or extremity pain, call today (602) 507-6550.