As an athlete, the pain of an impact or repetitive strain injury is often trumped by the mere thought of taking weeks or months off to recuperate. Even worse is the fear that you may never play at your optimum level again, or be forced to give up the sport altogether.
Fear not, you don’t have to resort to grueling surgery and a long recovery period!
Adult stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments are forms of regenerative medicine, the most exciting development in sports medicine in decades. Major stars such as Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant, and Rafael Nadal have reportedly used these types of therapies in recent years. Some sought regenerative medicine as an alternative to surgery, and others used it to recover from unavoidable surgical procedures.
Stem cell therapy injections are minimally invasive and use your body’s innate healing ability to restore damaged muscle, ligament, or cartilage. Whether you’re suffering from runner’s knee, tennis elbow, a minor ACL or other ligament tear, or any other common sports injury, we may be able to return you to peak playing condition with just a few brief office visits.
Regenerative Medicine vs Traditional Surgery
No matter the sport, as an athlete, your body is your most important tool. Even the most minute changes to its structure can have dramatic effects on performance. Unfortunately, surgery can do just that: irreversibly alter your body’s structure, even when the surgery is successful (which is far from guaranteed).
What’s more, the lengthy recovery time for many invasive surgeries actually increases the odds of further injury due to detraining, or deconditioning, and the weakening of other body parts that serve as sources of healthy material during the procedure.
Regenerative sports medicine typically requires considerably less recovery time than surgery. Stem cell and PRP injections are minimally invasive, outpatient procedures that don’t require general anesthesia, lengthy hospital stays, or prescription painkillers.
Additionally, instead of having to overcome the injury and the effects of surgery, our treatments work by repairing and restoring the damaged area using the body’s own healing properties. The goal is not just to reduce inflammation or pain, but to get the joint or tissue all the way back to optimum health and function.
Regenerative Medicine vs Surgery vs Pain Injections – A Comparison
|Stem Cell Therapy (BMC)||PRP||Traditional Surgery||Pain Injections|
|Hospital stay||Not required*||Not required*||Inpatient||Not required|
|Procedure||Minimally invasive||Minimally invasive||Invasive||Minimally invasive|
|Risk of infection||Minimal||Minimal||Yes||Minimal|
|Greater threat to at-risk patients (elderly, diabetic, overweight)||No||No||Yes||No|
|Loss of bone or tissue||No||No||Yes||No|
|Risk of new biomechanical problems post-treatment||No||No||Yes||No|
|Painkillers required post-treatment||No||No||Sometimes||No|
|Time to return to daily activities||1-2 days||1-2 days||2-3+ months||1-2 days|
|Full recovery period||4-12 weeks||4-12 weeks||A few weeks to several months||2-10 days|
|Addresses Underlying Biological Dysfunction||Partially||Partially||No||No|