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PRP vs. Stem Cell Therapy: Choosing the Right Regenerative Option

Have you ever wondered how a cut or wound heals by itself? The formation of a scab is the body's way of initiating the healing process. But what if this natural ability could be harnessed and used in specific areas or injuries? This is the exciting concept behind the emerging field of regenerative medicine.

In orthopedic medicine, there's been a notable advancement in using PRP and stem cell injections to treat musculoskeletal conditions. These treatments are gaining popularity, yet people often get confused and wonder is platelet rich plasma the same as stem cells?

To be precise, both Stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapies involve extracting natural material from the body and injecting it into the affected area. Needless to say, this approach has been known to effectively treat various conditions and injuries, particularly those associated with knees, backs, shoulders, and hips. Athletes and active individuals, in particular, find these treatments the most useful due to their remarkably short recovery times.

Understanding How Regenerative Medicine Works:

Before we delve into the intricacies of stem cells and PRP, let's understand how they work. Regenerative medicine comprises various treatments that leverage your body's natural healing ability. These treatments encourage the formation of new cells in areas where tissues or bones are damaged or degenerating.

Dr. Collins utilizes regenerative medicine to address various conditions by stimulating your body to produce specific cells that enhance healing. This approach not only alleviates pain but also targets the root cause of the issue.

Stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma are examples of regenerative medicine. Although these treatments differ, their primary objective is to support your body in repairing damage so you can resume your normal activities.

PRP Injection

PRP Injection

PRP injection is a treatment aimed at boosting healing within the body. It involves using platelets from your blood, which are rich in growth factors aiding in clotting and promoting tissue repair.

During the process, platelets are separated from your blood through centrifugal force. Once extracted, these platelets are injected into the targeted area, initiating healing. This method is particularly effective for conditions like tendinosis and tendinitis, aiding natural healing or jumpstarting recovery.

The procedure typically involves injections administered one week apart for four weeks, and it's often used alongside orthopedic surgery to accelerate recovery. Since blood constantly replenishes, obtaining platelets from the body is relatively non-traumatizing, making PRP a versatile and promising treatment option.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy offers a more advanced approach compared to PRP treatment. Like PRP, stem cells stimulate growth and facilitate the regeneration of damaged tissues, making them a preferred option for conditions like arthritis, ligament tears, and cartilage damage.

These cells are sourced from bone marrow or fat deposits, which are known for containing mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs can self-replicate and generate new tendons, ligaments, and muscles. After extraction, the stem cells are cultured in a lab and injected into the body.

However, unlike platelets, there's a limited supply of stem cells in the body, and their retrieval is a bit more complex, requiring a temporary cessation of NSAIDs two weeks before treatment.

Despite this, the recovery period is relatively quick, allowing patients to resume normal activities soon after the procedure. This rapid turnaround especially appeals to individuals eager to return to active lifestyles.

PRP vs. Stem Cell Therapy: What's the Difference?

PRP vs. Stem Cell Therapy: What's the Difference?

Stem cell therapy involves using specialized cells in your body that can transform into any cell needed for healing. These cells are grown in a lab and then injected into damaged areas, such as joints affected by osteoarthritis or spinal cord injuries, to promote tissue regeneration.

On the other hand, PRP therapy utilizes platelets from your own blood to repair tissue damage. These platelets contain growth factors that stimulate healing responses in your body. The extracted platelets and plasma are injected into the affected area to accelerate healing.

Both therapies effectively reduce pain and inflammation associated with various musculoskeletal conditions. PRP may be preferable for slow-healing wounds, while stem cells are often used for more severe tissue damage. Additionally, some patients may benefit from receiving both treatments simultaneously.

PRP with Stem Cells

PRP stem cell injection, a combination often used to address joint issues like arthritis and muscle tears, offers unique benefits that promote faster healing and minimize discomfort. By harnessing the power of the body's own healing mechanisms, these treatments can effectively regenerate joint tissue and expedite the recovery process.

Unlike traditional surgical methods that focus solely on repairing damaged tissues, platelet-rich plasma stem cell therapies work to enhance the body's natural healing process without the need for invasive procedures. 

The synergy of stem cells with prp facilitates efficient tissue regeneration, leading to quicker healing times and reduced post-procedure discomfort. Patients often report tolerable sensations during treatment, likening it to a flu shot or slight pressure on the affected area, a marked improvement from traditional joint surgeries.

Moreover, this combination of stem cell PRP therapy can potentially eliminate the need for multiple joint replacements, which is particularly beneficial for younger patients seeking to preserve joint health and avoid invasive procedures in the future.

Placental Matrix Tissue Allografts at Proactive Choice

Dr. Collins uses Human Tissue Allografts that have high levels of Mesenchymal Stem Cells as well as many other growth factors. These are from bio-ethically sourced Human Placentas that have been thoroughly screened and minimally manipulated in accordance with FDA regulations.

Since these are products that do not have an NCD drug number NO CLAIMS CAN BE MADE regarding the effects of stem cells, other than for the STRUCTURE and FUNCTION of the recipient.

Dr.Collins also offers EXOSOMES which  come from a donor and due to their non-cell make up are well tolerated by the recipient. 


Notably, both PRP and stem cell injections offer a safer and faster alternative to surgical procedures, with minimal risks and shorter recovery times. These non-invasive options allow patients to avoid potential complications and resume their daily activities within a few days.

Currently Dr. Collins offers;

Our services currently include Platelet Rich Plasma,(which use the patient's own Blood), and Placental Matrix products like Wharton’s Jelly, Cord Blood, and Exosomes from Human Donors.

If you're dealing with pain, it's important to reach out for a free ten minute consultation with Dr.Collins (858) 333-5196 to see if Regenerative Medicine is a good fit for your condition.

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About The Author: Dr. Collins

Author: Dr. Collins

Dr. Collins is a Pacific Northwest native and University of Oregon graduate in biology and comparative religions, practicing Naturopathic Medicine. Committed to harmonizing ancient traditions with modern science, he prioritizes holistic patient care in Oregon.


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