We specialize in the non-surgical treatment of sports and exercise-related injuries, as well as muscle and joint pain. We offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, and Stem Cell Therapy. Our procedures are safe, natural, and cost-effective. Procedures are completed in the office, usually in one – two hours. Recovery time is shorter compared to surgery. Call us today to set up a consultation with our sports medicine doctor.
Many peak performance, celebrity athletes have received PRP therapy in lieu of surgery to help heal joint, ligament, and tendon injuries. Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Ray Lewis, Takashi Saito, Rafael Nadal, Hines Ward, Alex Rodriquez, Chris Speier and Brandon Roy to name a few.
PRP therapy is often used together with Stem Cell Therapy to optimize outcomes. Sports careers have been revitalized and even saved by the prevention of permanent damage or possible career ending surgery.
Biologic treatment, such as PRP, uses cells from your own body to promote healing. Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP, is plasma containing concentrated platelets. PRP Therapy takes platelets and growth factors from your own blood by spinning it in a centrifuge to separate from non platelet blood components. The resulting separated platelets are then re-injected into the injured area, releasing growth factors that promote natural tissue healing. This “PRP graft” with growth factors assists with healing the injury and also recruits Stem Cells from the body to the injured site to promote healing. The stem cells can become new tissue that replaces lost or damaged tissue. The procedure is done under ultrasound guidance, so the doctor knows exactly where to inject .
PRP therapy can be used to treat conditions such as back and neck injuries, shoulder injuries, knee and ligament injuries, ankle sprains, tendonitis, ligament sprains and various types of osteoarthritis from old injuries.
For complex injuries PRP Therapy may be combined with Stem Cell Therapy. This in-office procedure involves taking stem cells from the patient’s fat or bone marrow and injecting them into the injury site. These stem cells work at the injured site to become healthy tissue. The types of tissue include muscle, tendon, ligament, meniscus, cartilage, and bone. The procedure is done in the office and takes about 1-2 hours, with minimal down time and quick recovery. The injections are done under ultrasound guidance so the doctor knows exactly where to inject the stem cells.
Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells are derived from the umbilical cord and the placenta and are donated by mothers of normal healthy live birthed babies. This cord blood contains MSCs that are capable of replacing the body’s defective “connective tissue matrix”, which when healthy, is is a natural interconnected system of Collagen, Growth Factors, and Bioactive Molecules that provide the infrastructure, integrity and regeneration of the body’s various tissues. Umbilical Cord Tissue and Amniotic tissue also provides matrix for tissue replacement.
Viscosupplement injections, such as Genvisc, Supartz, Synvisc, or Hyalgan, act as lubricants, much like the body’s own. These are options for osteoarthritis that are typically covered by Medicare and other insurances. They mimic joint fluid without cartilage damage. They can keep your joint moving and diminish pain.
Cord Tissue Stem Cells are considered to have more potential than former stem cell therapies. Still considered experimental, they can only be performed under an IRB study. We are currently working with both the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and other academic relationships.