There are surgical and non-surgical methods to resolve pain and other symptoms that arise from knee injuries and chronic conditions. Some patients prefer non-surgical options to help relieve joint or tendon discomfort. For instance, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections and stem cell therapy are two cutting-edge treatment options that can greatly benefit those suffering from arthritis, tendinitis or other ailments of the knee. PRP and stem cell therapy are often discussed as a pair, but the two treatment methods have some notable differences.
About PRP and Stem Cell Therapy
PRP therapy involves drawing some of the patient’s own blood and putting it through a process called centrifugation to increase the platelet concentration. Once this has been done, the enriched blood is then injected into the patient’s affected knee or other area of the body to promote healing.
On the other hand, stem cell therapy uses a different method to encourage the body to heal itself. To perform this type of therapy, a physician extracts stem cells from the patient’s fat tissue or bone marrow. These cells are then multiplied and converted into the particular type of cells the patient needs. They are administered to the affected area via injection to accelerate healing.
Both PRP and stem cell therapy have produced positive results for patients with a wide range of orthopedic conditions and injuries in the knee as well as in other joints, such as the shoulder. Orthopedic issues which have been shown to respond well to PRP and stem cell therapy include:
- – Osteoarthritis
- – Arthritic joints
- – Overuse injuries such as tendinitis
- – Rotator cuff tears
If one of these common causes of pain and disability is impacting your life, PRP and stem cell therapy are two treatments you may consider. An orthopedic doctor can help you decide whether you are a good candidate for one of these therapies.
Dr. Gill & Dr. Soffer Are Experienced in Performing PRP and Stem Cell Therapy
Dr. Timothy Gill and Dr. Stephen Soffer work together to provide patients in the Reading, PA area with exceptional orthopedic care. Among other advanced operative and non-operative procedures, they specialize in PRP and stem cell therapy for patients seeking relief from sports-related injuries and chronic orthopedic conditions.
If you are ready to explore your care options with a qualified orthopedic doctor, call our office at 610-375-4949 to set up an appointment with Dr. Soffer or Dr. Gill. We look forward to making your acquaintance and helping you find the best course of treatment for you.