So how does it work? Using a gardening analogy, Stem Cells are the seeds that grow into new muscle, tendon, ligament, cartilage and bone. These primitive cells are stored in our bodies in several places but they are very rich and easily accessible in bone marrow. Think of the many growth factors, growth hormones, and pro-inflammatory molecules provided by Platelet Rich Plasma, or “PRP” (and Bone Marrow Plasma) as fertilizer, plant food, and sunlight.
When Stem cells are actively harvested from your own bone marrow, concentrated in a centrifuge and mixed with a PRP injection, the results can be quite profound. This is because many thousands more cells are directly introduced to the injured area which can result in much faster and more extensive healing repair. Inflammation fuels the fire for stem cells to differentiate (change into something) and replicate many times to grow new tissue. Damaged tissue like a frayed tendon, muscle tear or degenerated articular surface (pitted cartilage) act as a scaffold for these cells to interact with and form new cells.
Follow-up physical therapy with our office is strongly advised to not only ensure you don’t do too much activity too soon, but also work in the right amount of therapeutic activity in the following weeks to continue “stoking the fire” for cells to continue regenerating to further heal.