STEM CELL & PRP THERAPY – PATIENT INFORMATION


Dr. Christopher Jones of Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group offers the most technologically advanced operative and non-operative treatment options for patients with common orthopaedic conditions.

While surgery is a mainstay of treating orthopaedic conditions, Dr. Jones believes in taking a conservative approach when considering surgery and thus has been utilizing biologic treatments for over 5 years as a form of Regenerative Medicine.  He started using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections for treatment of conditions such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, patella tendinitis, plantar fascitis and osteoarthritis when research began to show it as a viable alternative.  He has seen great success in treating these conditions with fewer and fewer patients requiring surgery.

More recently, Stem Cell Therapy has entered the clinical arena of Regenerative Medicine as a viable treatment option.  Stem cells have been shown in laboratory and clinical studies to regenerate or regrow new viable tissue and cartilage.  The conditions that are amenable to these biologic treatments include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinopathies
    • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
    • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
    • Jumper’s Knee (Patella Tendonitis)
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Cartilage Injuries
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Muscle Injuries

REFERENCES

Presented below is a sample of the research that has been done on these regenerative medicine techniques.

Can platelet-rich plasma enhance tendon repair? A cell culture study. 

A retrospective comparison of the management of recalcitrant lateral elbow tendinosis: platelet-rich plasma injections versus surgery.

PRP and Articular Cartilage: A Clinical Update.

Platelet-rich plasma: why intra-articular? A systematic review of preclinical studies and clinical evidence on PRP for joint degeneration.

Platelet-rich plasma intra-articular injection versus hyaluronic acid viscosupplementation as treatments for cartilage pathology: from early degeneration to osteoarthritis.

Platelet-rich plasma: intra-articular knee injections produced favorable results on degenerative cartilage lesions.

Does platelet-rich plasma enhance microfracture treatment for chronic focal chondral defects? An in-vivo study performed in a rat model.

The treatment of chondral lesions of the knee with the microfracture technique and platelet-rich plasma. 

Isolation of amniotic stem cell lines with potential for therapy

Stem cells derived from amniotic fluid: new potentials in regenerative medicine. 

Amniotic fluid stem cells: a promising therapeutic resource for cell-based regenerative therapy. 

Amniotic membrane transplant for articular cartilage repair: an experimental study in sheep. 

The effects of staged intra-articular injection of cultured autologous mesenchymal stromal cells on the repair of damaged cartilage: a pilot study in caprine model.

A preliminary study comparing the use of allogenic chondrogenic pre-differentiated and undifferentiated mesenchymal stem cells for the repair of full thickness articular cartilage defects in rabbits. 

Amniotic fluid stem cells and their application in cell-based tissue regeneration. 

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