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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been around for decades as a healing therapy and has seen explosive growth in the medical field in recent years. Get a better understanding of how this popular regenerative therapy applies to sprains, tears and other soft-tissue injuries that have been traditionally treated with surgery or medication. Learn why Atlanta Innovative Medicine amplifies the healing potential and pain relief of PRP with a Super Concentrated PRP (SC-PRP) delivered by an experienced, compassionate team.

Regenerative Medicine. Reimagined.

We use regenerative best practices you won’t find at every medical practice. Consider our Super Concentrated approach to platelet-rich plasma.

  • Not All PRP Treatments Are Equal
  • The H.O.P.e Treatment: A Provisionally Patented Comprehensive SC-PRP
  • Personalized and Custom PRP Formulas Such A2M L-PRP & PPP
  • Utilize a Significantly More Potent Type of PRP Called SC-PRP
  • Adjacent Structure Treatment Technique (AST) to Address Underlying Ligament Laxity
  • An Integrative Multipronged Approach Maximizing Outcomes
  • Advanced Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound and X-Ray Diagnostic Imaging
  • Available Treatment Amplifiers Such as AmnioFix, Prolotherapy & Prolozone

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The AIM Difference

Regenerative Medicine. Reimagined.

We use regenerative best practices you won’t find at every medical practice. Consider our Super Concentrated approach to platelet-rich plasma.

  • Not All PRP Treatments Are Equal
  • The H.O.P.e Treatment: A Provisionally Patented Comprehensive SC-PRP
  • Personalized and Custom PRP Formulas Such A2M L-PRP & PPP
  • Utilize a Significantly More Potent Type of PRP Called SC-PRP
  • Adjacent Structure Treatment Technique (AST) to Address Underlying Ligament Laxity
  • An Integrative Multipronged Approach Maximizing Outcomes
  • Advanced Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound and X-Ray Diagnostic Imaging
  • Available Treatment Amplifiers Such as AmnioFix, Prolotherapy & Prolozone

Get started with a FREE 15-minute consultation.

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Why choose PRP therapy

If you are dealing with an acute or chronic injury to a muscle, tendon or ligament, most pain-relief solutions only mask the pain. The goal of PRP therapy for joint pain treatment is to heal the underlying problem, reducing the pain naturally and permanently.

Platelet-rich plasma can treat a wide variety of injuries, including:

  • Cartilage damage
  • Chronic tendon injuries, including rotator cuff
  • Ligament sprains
  • Meniscus tears
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and shoulder
  • Plantar fasciitis

Most insurances do not cover regenerative treatments. For medical financing options, learn more here or please contact us.

What is it and how does it work?
Your blood consists of solid cells, including red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, which are suspended in a liquid called plasma. The platelets contain hundreds of “growth factors,” which are proteins that play a vital role in the body’s natural healing process.

A small amount of blood is drawn from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, which separates the different components. The red blood cells and much of the plasma is drained away, leaving a high concentration of platelets and growth factors. This PRP, derived from the patient, is then injected into the damaged area of the body to stimulate healing.

Effectiveness

While it’s not fully clear how PRP works with the body, it is believed that the concentrated growth factors can speed up the healing process for many patients. Since the body sends platelets as the first response to any soft tissue injury, injections of PRP are understood to intensify and speed the body’s natural healing process. The latest studies have shown that joint pain treatment with PRP is most effective for chronic tendon injuries such as tendonitis or tendon inflammation. It’s one reason celebrity athletes have turned to PRP therapy to treat musculoskeletal injuries, including personalities like: Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, David Ortiz and Troy Polamalu.

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Which One is Better?

When researching a regenerative procedure, patients may decide they want a procedure using their own tissue. This is called receiving an “autologous” procedure, which means the tissue comes from the patient himself/herself. The other option for a regenerative therapy is called an “allograft” procedure, which refers to the tissue coming from a donor. 

While Atlanta Innovative Medicine offers both autologous adipose and umbilical cord stem cell options for patients, this article focuses on the question we hear a lot: “I want to use my own tissue, would it be better with adipose or bone marrow?”

First of all, let’s clarify where the tissue is coming from. Adipose is the medical term for fat tissue, and doctors obtain it from a patient’s abdominal area or from the flank area just above the buttocks. The harvesting procedure involves taking out about 60cc’s of fat, so patients do get the benefit of a slight liposuction too.

During a bone marrow stem cell procedure, the tissue is obtained from an area known as the iliac crest which is close to the hip area in the pelvis. A large needle is placed into the bone using a small hammer, and about 60cc’s of bone marrow tissue is withdrawn.

 

When it comes to which patient’s tissue is superior for regenerative procedures, the answer is simple – ADIPOSE. Here are the top 5 reasons why:

  1. Amount of stem cells: Unlike a person’s bone marrow tissue, the amount of stem cells in adipose does not decrease with age (Dufrane et al. 2017). Adipose tissue contains millions of stem cells per cc harvested. This is not the case with bone marrow, where the amount of stem cells present decreases over 100 times by the age of 50. Why would you undergo a procedure where a stem cell has become a needle in a haystack?
  2. Activity of stem cells: Studies are very clear on this. When bone marrow is used, not only do the numbers of stem cells decrease significantly with age, but the activity of those cells does as well. Not so with adipose derived stem cells. They maintain substantial proliferation and differentiation capacities, meaning they are able to replicate and turn into cells the body needs for regeneration much better than those from bone marrow.
  3. Less Invasive: The adipose harvesting procedure is extremely well tolerated. The procedure is routinely performed in office, and the numbing medicine allows for minimal pain. This is in contrast to a bone marrow aspiration, where one large study showed significant procedural pain in 86% of patients. (JPSM 2003). Unfortunately, pain after a bone marrow aspiration often continues for weeks to months.
  4. Yield: If your goal is to have several joints treated, or possibly a joint along with an aesthetics procedure, then an adipose procedure will allow you to do that. But not bone marrow. There just isn’t enough of a “yield” to allow for that.
  5. Outcomes: Autologous adipose stem cell therapy has repeatedly shown amazing outcomes for chronic joint pain (Regen Med 2019). In addition, adipose harvesting produces excellent outcomes as well for aesthetic procedures including hair restoration (Current Stem Cell Research Therapy 2017), facial rejuvenation (Journal Cosmetic & Laser 2018) along with erectile dysfunction (Sex Med Rev 2019).

 

Atlanta Innovative Medicine serves the Atlanta metro area including Marietta, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Smyrna and surrounding areas with autologous adipose stem cell therapy.

The Atlanta stem cell providers are highly experienced, and AIM offers substantial additional services including physical therapy, chiropractic, PRP therapy, prolotherapy and supplements too. The treatment options are individualized for each patient.

Why is this important? Because while stem cell therapy provides a substantial amount of regenerative cells to problem areas, activating those cells optimally is another story. The Board Certified providers at AIM understand this. As a result of the combination therapy offered, stem cell treatment at the practice offers patients the best opportunity for improvement. 

To schedule an appointment with our experienced stem cell doctors, call our clinic today at 770.416.9995.

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