Biologics fall under the category of regenerative medicine. These treatments aim to aid your own body in treating injuries through a cascade of growth factors that stimulate a healing response. Dr. Van Sice and Dr. McVicker offer platelet rich plasma (PRP) and amniotic mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy to treat various joint and musculoskeletal pathology. PRP and stem cell therapy are both treatments offered in office, often with the aid of ultrasound guidance.
Platelets are found in blood. They are cells that contain many growth and healing factors to aid in the repair of tissue after an injury. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses your own blood to concentrate platelets and other healing factors for injection into a site of chronic injury that has failed to heal on its own. Studies have also shown that PRP can help significantly reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis. PRP is safe, as it uses your own blood products without additives, and the concentrate has anti-microbial properties. Since PRP is using your own body's healing ability, most patients notice reduction in symptoms after 5 weeks from the injection with continued improvements until about 12 weeks post-injection.
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells, which means they have the potential to mature into various cell and tissue types. Our office offers amniotic mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy, which have also been referred to as "medicinal signaling cells." MSCs have been shown to foster anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotive, anti-fibrotic, angiogenic, mitogenic and wound-healing activity. These properties promote healing, in addition to the hopes that the stem cells will adapt and mature to what's needed to rebuild your tissue.
If you’d like to learn more about Biologics (PRP and stem cell therapy), call Jupiter Orthopedics and Sports Medicine or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.