PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Valley Orthopedic Institute

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & Hand Surgeons located in Palmdale, CA & Ridgecrest, CA

Your body uses many tools to repair, replace, and regenerate cells and tissues. One example is stem cells. Researchers are investigating how stem cell therapy may support health and healing for acute and chronic health conditions. Anand Shah, MD, Mehul Taylor, MD, and the team at Valley Orthopedic Institute provide stem cell therapy to support your body’s natural healing process. To find out more about stem cell therapy, call the office in Palmdale or Ridgecrest, California, or schedule an appointment online today.

Platelet-rich plasma Q & A

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are your body’s repair cells. They’re blank cells (undifferentiated) that have the ability to replicate and transform into specialized cells like brain, muscle, bone, or nerve cells. 

There are two types of stem cells:

Embryonic stem cells

Embryonic stem cells are found in 3- to 5-day-old embryos. These stem cells are pluripotent, which means they have the ability to multiply and transform into any type of cell your body needs. 

Adult stem cells

Adult stem cells are found in your fat tissue and bone marrow. These stem cells have the ability to multiply and transform into specialized cells, but in a more limited capacity than embryonic stem cells.

Currently, researchers are investigating how stem cells may be used to treat diseases and illnesses by supporting the body’s regenerative process. 

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy refers to the use of stem cells to support the body’s ability to regenerate cells and heal damaged or injured tissue. Many areas of medicine are looking into how stem cell therapy may benefit their patients' health conditions.

In orthopedics, research focuses on how stem cell therapy may support healing and ease pain from musculoskeletal conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Degenerative conditions such as chronic tendonitis
  • Regeneration of articular cartilage in joints

 

The Valley Orthopedic Institute team is excited to offer stem cell therapy as a treatment option. This approach may support the body’s natural healing process, speeding up recovery time and easing pain. 

Am I a candidate for stem cell therapy?

Schedule a consultation with the board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Valley Orthopedic Institute to see if you’re a candidate for stem cell therapy. The team conducts a thorough clinical exam to fully understand your musculoskeletal injury and needs.

Though stem cell therapy may benefit your health issue, the team may first recommend less invasive treatments, such as physical therapy and medication, before suggesting stem cell therapy.

For stem cell therapy, your provider injects the stem cells directly into your injured or damaged tissue. 

Find out more about stem cell therapy at Valley Orthopedic Institute by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.