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Using our proprietary CRP we rarely find the need to use stem cells. Many physicians are using invasive and painful treatments like bone marrow aspirates or fat cell transfers and calling it stem cell treatments when PRP fails. We would rather use the very powerful signals in CRP to stimulate your own stem cells that are already in you. We have the same number of stem cells in us as we did as kids but our own stem cells are less active. We are just using CRP to wake up the stem cells that are already in you. True stem cell transfers are not allowed by the FDA.
We use state of the art Ultrasound guided technologies to locate and diagnose the problem. We then administer the PRP via ultrasound guidance.
Cortisone can often give immediate but short lived results. Cortisone usually isn’t injected into tendons and ligaments since it may cause them to rupture. PRP/CRP works slower and has long lasting effects. It uses your body’s own natural regenerative capacity. It can be injected into ligaments and tendons to heal them and to make them stronger.
Nobody is too old for PRP/CRP. Of course the younger you are the better your results will be. We have many patients in there 80’s whose knees are “bone on bone” and have avoided knee replacement surgery by getting PRP/CRP injections.
It varies person to person. Some people have immediate pain relief. Other people may need several treatments. We let YOU tell us when you are ready for another treatment.
Some people get immediate pain relief. We are encouraging your body to heal itself so it may take 2-6 weeks to see a difference.
The only thing that is added to the PRP/CRPis a small amount of blood thinner to keep the blood from clotting.
A small amount of blood is taken from a vein in your arm just like what is done when you are giving blood for a blood test. It is then processed in a centrifuge and concentrated.
It is a proprietary purer grade of PRP. Nobody else is using it. It only contains growth factors, cytokines, and a protein matrix of plasma proteins. White cells, red cells, and platelets that are not needed and may actually cause more inflammation have been filtered out. See more @ http://www.grecohairrestoration.com/the-next-generation-prp/
Absolutely not, there are many different forms of PRP depending on how it is processed. The amount of cytokines and growth factors vary in each system and so the effectiveness of each type of PRP will vary as well.
PRP is an isolation and concentration of the natural signals, cytokines and growth factors, your body has to begin the healing process. It calls your own healing cells into the effected area and stimulates your own stem cells that are already there to begin the regenerative process.
We usually suggest only light exercise for about 2 weeks.
It is very unlikely.
You should have little or no pain. Most of the time no medications are needed. Sometimes ice, tylenol or other non-narcotic meds can be used. You may be a little sore over the next 2 days.
Not any more than giving blood for a blood test. All procedures only require a mild local anesthetic.