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Stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are two therapies used in regenerative medicine. While many of the principles underlying both treatments are similar, they should be seen as distinct from one another.
At Stemwell, we utilize both stem cell and PRP therapies to treat a wide variety of conditions and injuries.
The goal is the same, to regenerate tissue and support healing.
However, it is useful to understand the differences between PRP and stem cell therapies and how they are applied to support the treatment of patients who visit our clinic looking to improve their quality of life.
Stem cells are unspecialized cells that can transform into a particular type of cell that your body requires to address a health issue that is causing you pain or debilitation.
At Stemwell, we believe the ideal source of stem cells is donated umbilical cord tissue from healthy mothers. Although they can be taken from your own body, we use cells from a donor; this enables us to select stem cells with the most promising properties when it comes to promoting regeneration.
Once stem cells have been harvested from a healthy donor, they can be injected into the appropriate location.
The stem cells, along with your body’s recruited cells, support healing and decrease inflammation.
The most significant way in which PRP therapy differs from stem cell treatment is that it does not use donor cells. Instead, PRP therapy uses your body’s own platelets to stimulate damaged tissue repair.
Platelets are a component of your blood. Their main function is to combat bleeding from an injury by clumping together. They contain growth factors, which are specialized proteins that accelerate your healing response.
In PRP, blood is drawn from a vein. That blood is then placed in a centrifuge, which extracts the platelets we need. They can be injected into an injured or affected area to speed up recovery.
The types of areas that benefit most from PRP treatments include muscle and joint injuries, and conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis.
We hope that explains the key differences in the PRP vs stem cell therapy debate. You can be assured that, at the Stemwell Clinic, we will select and apply the treatment that is appropriate to your condition and that will help promote the affected tissue’s recovery.
Whether you require stem cell therapy, PRP treatment, or both PRP and stem cells, Stemwell’s experienced and knowledgeable physicians are here to support you and help to improve your quality of life.
If you would like to know more, please schedule a free initial consultation with us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
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Stem cell therapy offers no guarantees and is not promoted as a cure. This is similar to many other medical treatments. Reviewing the patient’s medical history is necessary to determine stem cell therapy eligibility. Any personal information provided is for internal and medical use with our medical providers only. The Stemwell Health headquarters is located in McLean, Virginia. Stemwell Health Virginia is not a stem cell treatment facility or surgical center. Treatments are not conducted anywhere in the US, since these advanced therapies are not yet FDA-approved. All cell therapies are conducted in Colombia where it is regulated by the ministry of health, INVIMA (Columbia’s FDA equivalent) and other local authorities. All treatments are performed within the country’s legal limits and regulatory framework where the specific medical provider practices.