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Stem Cells For Bone and Joint Conditions

Stem Cells and Other Stem Cell Stimulating Treatments are the Future!

Stem cells may hold the key to improving and curing many conditions such as arthritis in joints and degeneration of discs in the spine.

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Dr. Frank Johnson, our Sports Medicine Physician, is one of the few medical doctors in Calgary who has completed training in how to use Stem Cells and other Stem Cell Stimulating options. He can help you understand if Stem Cells are the best option for your condition or if other more effective and better studied options, such as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) might be more appropriate.

If Stem Cells are the truly best for you, he can:

  • file a referral to the best Stem Cell Doctor for your specific problem
  • let you know what costs you might expect
  • let you know your chances of success with that treatment

Do I need Stem Cells or PRP?

FAQ’s

1. What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

  • Platelets are the immune system cells that trigger the healing response after an injury.
  • Plasma is the liquid portion of blood if red blood cells are removed.
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma, therefore, is a concentrated form of your own blood. It is richer in healing immune system cells than the blood that was originally drawn out of your vein.
  • PRP is made in the office on the day of your treatment. The blood is drawn, transferred to a centrifuge, processed within 5-10 minutes, and is then ready to be delivered by careful injection to the target.

2. How is PRP different to Bone Marrow or Adipose Stem Cells?

PRP is a very gentle procedure and has almost 10,000 scientific papers published on its use. It often is used 1-3 times to treat a tendon, ligament or fascia pain, and 1-3 times per year for arthritis.

Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) Stem Cells are taken with a very large needle from your lower back/pelvis area. It is a very invasive procedure and has far greater risks than PRP. It has much less research supporting its use than PRP. It is rarely appropriate for tendon, ligament or fascia injuries. It is often used every 6-24 months for arthritis pains. PRP can be used in between.

Adipose-derived Stem Cells (ASC) are taken with an even larger needle from near your navel or your flank. It is a very invasive procedure and has far greater risks than PRP. It has much less research supporting its use than PRP. It is rarely appropriate for tendon, ligament or fascia injuries. It is often used every 6-24 months for arthritis pains. PRP can be used in between.

3. Does PRP help the injured tissue heal?

PRP helps many different types of injured tissue heal. Almost 10,000 studies have been done over 40 years to identify what are the best ways to use PRP. Today, PRP is used all around the world in:

  • Sports Clinics to help tendons and joint injuries heal faster
  • Dental Clinics to help implants and grafts heal faster
  • Hospitals to help wounds and burns heal faster

4. TENDONS: Will PRP or Stem Cells heal tendonitis or tears?

PRP has been shown in hundreds of studies to significantly help with tendon injuries and tendonitis. Some of the studies have shown complete healing of the injured tendons. Other studies have shown that even if no significant change occurs in the tendon, pain is usually dramatically reduced, often for good.

PRP + physical therapy + exercises show the best results.

Stem Cells have not been studied nearly as much. A 2017 review found only five high-quality studies have ever been conducted on Bone Marrow Stem Cells applied to tendons injuries. As such, many physicians feel that Stem Cells should rarely be used for tendons.

5. CARTILAGE: Will PRP or Stem Cells regrow cartilage?

There are a few small studies which show promising results in this area, but as of 2017, most doctors and researchers are very skeptical of any claims that any injection will “regrow” cartilage.

6. ARTHRITIS: Will PRP or Stem Cells cure arthritis?

This is highly unlikely with current technology and approaches. Ongoing research is investigating a process of injecting stem cells directly into and around the bones involved in arthritis. This is a highly specialized area of orthopedic surgery and, to our knowledge, is only offered in research and private surgery facilities in Canada.

7. ARTHRITIS: For arthritis, a cortisone injection often helps for four months. How long does a PRP or Stem Cell treatment last?

Each person has a unique experience with any injection, including with cortisone. For example, Some patients report cortisone injections help for only four days or 4 weeks, rather than four months.

For PRP, most scientific studies suggest that arthritis-related pain, swelling, and stiffness can be reduced for 3 -12 months with PRP.

For Stem Cells, some scientific studies show benefit for 6-24 months.

These treatments seem to work best with mild-to-moderate arthritis.

These treatments are excellent options for people who wish to delay or completely avoid surgical treatments.

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