Prolotherapy • PRP • Stem Cell Injection Therapies Now at CORE
Non-Surgical Pain Relief + Management
What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a type of regenerative medicine which repairs soft tissue structures and eliminates pain associated with such injuries. The injection of substances which are clinically proven to promote cell proliferation (such as PRP and dextrose solutions) into specific anatomical sites triggers an inflammation healing cascade which leads to the formation of new tissue. Prolotherapy is especially helpful for individuals with soft tissue injuries, whether this is from physical trauma or years of repetitive motions. Soft tissue injuries, such as tendon pathology, are especially hard to diagnose and many times are the origin of chronic pain.
Prolotherapy is a broad category that includes pro-inflammatory (dextrose), Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Stem Cell injections into musculoskeletal tissues. Perineurial Injection Technique utilizes the former on painful and inflamed peripheral nerves. The popular “Vampire” makeovers use PRP for cosmetic enhancement of the face, sun damaged areas, scars, and stretch marks. All stimulate new healing that may have been compromised by steroids, anti-inflammatories, re-injury or a weakened immune system.
Different kinds of prolotherapy solutions are used for injection, and these are chosen based on the problem being treated. Amongst the prolotherapy types are Pro-inflammatory dextrose, prolozone, PRP (platelet-rich plasma), and stem cell (from bone marrow or fat) solutions. Santa Cruz CORE offers both PRP and stem cell injections.
Why use prolotherapy?
Many of the activities that we engage in have the potential to injure soft tissue structures like tendons and ligaments. When weakened, they can contribute to joint instability and degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis. Over time, pain related to soft tissue damage can become chronic and disrupt other mechanical aspects of the body (like joints and nerves).
Prolotherapy is an injection-based regenerative treatment that has shown tremendous promise when it comes to treating musculoskeletal pain. Prolotherapy is successful in treating pain of the lower back, wrist, knee, rotator cuff, and sciatica. Furthermore, the regenerative capacity of prolotherapy injections restores damaged tissues to not only treat pain but regain mechanical function.
Prolotherapy • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Stem Cell Injection Therapies
with Dr. John Grady, D.O.
Common Conditions Treated:
• Tendon/Ligament Injuries
• Rotator Cuff Tears
• Joint Pain
• Sport Injuries
√ Regeneration of lost tissue
√ Increased function
√ Pain Alleviation
√ Minimally invasive technique
Available at CORE:
⭕ Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP):
As the name entails, PRP is a form of prolotherapy which involves the injection of a platelet concentrated plasma solution to the site of injury. Platelets are tissue repair components that release various growth factors that drive forward healing pathways. The patient’s blood is collected and subsequently centrifuged. This process separates blood plasma and concentrates platelet content. Cosmetic concerns are also a common reason to receive PRP injections. For instance, the popular vampire facial uses PRP. When injected into the face, it yields a more youthful look and repairs scars. Read more here...
⭕ Stem Cell:
Stem cells for prolotherapy are from the patient’s own bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue. The cells collected are adult pluripotent mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) which have the potential to take the place of other cells in a variety of tissue structures and induce healing. Bone marrow stem cells, for example, can be used for bone repair where it is needed. Read more here...
Questions About Prolotherapy, Stem Cell, and PRP Treatments:
1. What exactly is PRP and why use it?
2. What are stem cells? How do stem cells promote healing in the body?
3. What are the different types of stem cells? Are some more effective than others?
4. What does prolotherapy (PRP, stem cell, etc) help to treat?
5. How does prolotherapy work?
6. How frequently should I be treated?
7. How many treatments are needed and how soon can I go back to my regular activities?
8. How is PRP administered? How many injections does it take?
9. Why is prolotherapy and PRP/stem cell injections a better alternative or treatment to steroids? Isn’t inflammation bad?
10. How do I know the PRP is working?
11. How much will prolotherapy cost me?