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Stem-Cell Treatment for MS: Positive Future for Orthopaedics

Stem-Cell Treatment, Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine is a treatment technique that relies on the body’s natural healing response to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. When used as a stand-alone treatment, regenerative therapies are applied directly to areas of tissue damage. The team at Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC uses regenerative medicine to address a number of conditions like:

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP, short for platelet-rich plasma, is made from high concentrations of platelets suspended in plasma, the liquid portion of your blood. Platelets are blood cells that contain certain proteins and growth factors that are essential to your body’s healing process. 

When concentrated and applied to areas of tissue damage, PRP triggers the healing process and provides your body with the growth factors it needs to regenerate new, healthy tissue. 

Because PRP is sourced from your own blood, treatments are safe and have a very low risk of negative reactions. Preparing your PRP injections is a quick and simple process. To begin, your doctor draws a sample of your blood. They then place the sample through a centrifuge that separates the platelets and plasma from the other parts of your blood. Once concentrated, PRP is applied directly to your damaged tissue. 

Dr. Nicholson’s PRP Presentation

Watch Dr. Nicholson’s recorded 'LIVE' Presentation on PRP Therapy here

What is Stem-Cell Therapy?

With Stem-Cell Therapy, cells from the patient’s own bone marrow or fat tissue are injected into the damaged area.   Sometimes donor stem cells are used in conjunction with platelets.  Stem-cells are the body's raw materials — cells from which all other tissue with specialized functions is generated.  Stem-cells can be guided into becoming specific cells that can be used to regenerate and repair diseased or damaged tissues, including cartilage, bone, muscle, tendon, or ligament.  

Remarkable results have come from PRP injections as well as stem cell therapy. Common injuries or conditions that are often improved with these treatments include:

2020 Advancements in Stem-Cell Treatment

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, a Neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic, spoke with Healio, the medical news journal, in regards to the 2020 advancements in stem-cell treatment.

One type of stem-cell therapy for MS is called Hematopoietic stem-cell transplant. This may also be referred to as a bone marrow transplant. This treatment, while fairly aggressive, has some patients gaining control over their MS for 5-10 years without additional therapy.

Dr. Cohen and his team began a trial sponsored by the Immune Tolerance Network and National Institute of Allery and Infectious Diseases this past December. The team is going to assess the high dose in patients with highly active, or resistant, MS.

View Healio’s Article to read more about the Stem-Cell Momentum here.

Schedule an Appointment

Many physicians, including Dr. Nicholson and Dr. Spiegl, offer these life-changing treatments to patients in need of restored function, pain relief and a faster rate of healing.  To learn more about it, including costs, please call us at 404-255-5595.  

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