Stem Cell Injections
The Schottenstein Center offers the latest in advanced stem cell procedures for foot and ankle conditions. Cell-based therapy and PRP injection treatments can help patients to alleviate pain with a non-surgical injection procedure and possibly avoid the need for surgery.
Stem cell therapy is routinely sought out in other countries as an option for non-surgical management of injuries and conditions. Within our bone marrow and fat, there are specialized cells called stem cells. These cells have yet to differentiate or develop into a particular kind of tissue cell. These stem cells have the potential to become bone, tendon, ligament, cartilage, muscle, or skin.
Stem cell treatments work by taking advantage of the body’s ability to repair itself. Stem Cells have anti-inflammatory properties, similar to cortisone and steroid shots. Cell-based therapy is used to treat conditions like joints injuries, muscular injuries, wounds, ligament injuries, and arthritis.
While cortisone and other drugs can provide pain relief, the effects are sometimes only temporary. Stem cells actually offer the additional benefit of being able to restore degenerated tissue while also providing pain relief.
Please contact our office to schedule a consultation to learn how you may benefit from stem cell therapies.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary procedure that uses platelets from the body’s own blood to promote the growth of new tissue and stimulate the natural healing and repair process in certain orthopedic and podiatric conditions. PRP works by delivering a concentrated dose of these platelets, and their healing factors, through a simple injection. The patient benefits by getting effective pain relief, faster healing, and it can sometimes eliminate the need for surgery.
Some of the conditions PRP therapy has been shown to be effective for include, but are not limited to, acute and chronic tendon and ligament injuries such as partial tears, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, strains, and sprains.
Following the procedure, patients are placed in a CAM walker for approximately two weeks to promote stability in the ankle and foot and to restrict motion and weight-bearing activity.