Stem Cell Myths: Can This Therapy Really Prevent Surgery?

Dr. Leiber’s seen his share of injuries. And he and I are happy to report that for many people dealing with orthopedic problems, surgery can often be avoided. But first, a little bit background on these treatments.

What’s the Difference Between Stems Cells & PRP?

To understand these two treatments and their roles in repairing the body, we have to take a step back and look at prolotherapy. In essence, prolotherapy is an injection procedure that injects a benign, irritating substance into the tissue that stimulates healing in that area.

Today, using stem cell and/or PRP injections is a more advanced way of doing that. The prolotherapy concept arose in the 1930s as orthopedic doctors sought ways of strengthening ligaments without putting patients under the knife. Back then, it involved both joint and vein injections.