A new technique is being used that harnesses the healing power of stem cells, particularly in lower back and spine injuries.
The technique involves harvesting and re-injecting stem-cell rich bone marrow which may repair discs in the spine. While stem cell therapy is still experimental, there is significant data to suggest the impact of such procedures and its long-term positive effects.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
As part of the next generation of medicine, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy has become an alternative to treating pain and injury. PRP has been shown to be effective in treating some cases of rotator cuff, quadriceps, hamstring and Achilles injuries. The process begins with the collection of the patient’s own blood. This blood is put into a centrifuge to separate the platelet rich plasma from the blood. The doctor will then inject the plasma directly into the site of the injury, often using advanced imaging techniques for accurate delivery. The platelets are used to aid in the speed and recovery of the injured site by helping to stimulate growth factors and increasing collagen production. PRP activates tenocytes, to help produce the collagen needed in the repair of tendons, ligaments, cartilage and muscles. After PRP therapy, the relief of pain may be noticeable within a couple days of the procedure, and often continuing for weeks to months.