Platelet rich plasma (PRP), also called as prolotherapy, its blood sample is easily collected for processing, concentration and purification. For the stem cell collection, it is also quite simple and is an office procedure using just a local anesthetic.
Ankle injury is pretty common, especially among the athlete, as well as the elderly where the pathology is of degeneration. The benefit of using biologic therapy is that it is less risky and don’t have to face the cost and pain of major surgery.
The stem cell therapy utilities patient’s own body stem cell reserve to help heal another cell or body part injury or degeneration such as the ankle joint.
Nowadays we are able to obtain the stem cell easily from the bone marrow and relatively painless, in an outpatient basis. Such cell can be deposited precisely by using real time imaging technique, such as the fluoroscopy.
The patient body has a steady supply of stem cell. This is used to help repair the injured or degenerated body parts. The body is in constant stage of regenerating up and at the same time breaking down. In the young age group, regeneration exceed the breaking down. The equation change in a reverse manner during the old age, where the breaks down exceed the regeneration.
In certain avascular or area with less blood supply or area where barrier prohibit the movement of platelet and stem cell easily, the repair is less than ideal, less successful, and therefore, take long time to heal. Now, we can help overcome this limitation by manipulating the body healing process. We harvest the stem cell and PRP, concentrate them and inject them into the target area of demand for repair. In so doing, the initial PRP injected can help to pull in and at the same time activate the stem cell. This help to speed up the healing process tremendously.