Regenerative Medicine & PRP

Orthopedic Surgery & Joint Replacement located in Walnut Creek, Sacramento and San Francisco, CA

Regenerative medicine and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) provide a minimally invasive treatment for musculoskeletal problems like arthritis, tendinitis, and inflammation. At the Joint Preservation Institute, with offices in Sacramento, Walnut Creek, and the Lower Nob Hill neighborhood in San Francisco, California, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Amir Jamali, MD, uses regenerative medicine and PRP to treat various problems affecting the bones, joints, and surrounding tissues. Call the nearest office today to schedule a regenerative medicine and PRP consultation, or book your appointment online. 

Are regenerative medicine and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) the same thing?

Regenerative medicine and PRP often get mentioned together, but they aren’t the same:

Regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine is an umbrella term that refers to several different orthopedic procedures. More specifically, regenerative medicine uses naturally occurring components, like stem cells, bone marrow aspirate, and platelet-rich plasma, to reduce pain, relieve inflammation, and speed up your body’s healing process.

As a result of harvesting these components from your blood, they’re well tolerated and present little risk of infection.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

PRP is a type of regenerative medicine. During treatment, Dr. Jamali collects a sample of your blood and converts it into a platelet-rich solution. He then injects that solution into an injured or ailing joint or another area to promote healing. 

What types of issues can benefit from regenerative medicine and PRP?

Dr. Jamali uses regenerative medicine and PRP to treat various musculoskeletal problems, including:

  • Hip arthritis
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Sports injuries
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Tendinitis

Sometimes, Dr. Jamali uses regenerative medicine after completing orthopedic surgery. For example, a series of PRP injections after hip arthroscopy can reduce swelling, increase circulation, and speed up recovery. 

Are regenerative medicine and PRP safe?

Regenerative medicine procedures, like PRP, are safe and usually well-tolerated. Since they use components from your body, like blood, stem cells, and bone marrow aspirate, there’s little risk of infection. These components are all-natural, so you don’t have to worry about side effects like an allergic reaction.

Let Dr. Jamali know if you have an underlying medical condition, like Hepatitis C, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or blood cancer, as these issues may disqualify you from treatment. 

What do regenerative medicine and PRP treatment involve?

Regenerative medicine and PRP treatment are outpatient procedures that take 30-90 minutes on average.

If Dr. Jamali determines you’re a good candidate, he draws a sample of your blood and isolates specific components like platelets, stem cells, or bone marrow aspirate. He then transfers those components to a syringe and administers injections to an area of your body, like your hip, shoulder, or knee.

Call the nearest Joint Preservation Institute office today to explore the benefits of regenerative medicine and PRP treatment, or book your appointment online.