A new study published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine showed that a single injection of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) was both more effective and longer lasting than a cortisone injection for the treatment of symptomatic gluteus medius tendinitis.
80 patients were randomized to receive either a PRP injection or a cortisone under, both under ultrasound guidance. The PRP injection resulted in greater improvement in pain and function than a single cortisone injection. The improvement after the PRP injection was sustained at 2 years, whereas the improvement from the steroid injection was maximal at 6 weeks and not maintained beyond 24 weeks.
The gluteus medius is a muscle deep to the gluteus maximus. The gluteus medius tendon attaches to the side of the hip bone, known as the greater trochanter. The main function of the gluteus medius to help rotate or turn the hip outwards and to help stabilize the hip and leg.
Pain over the greater trochanter is most often misdiagnosed as "trochanteric bursitis," and patients routinely receive cortisone injections to treat it. But studies increasingly show that the underlying problem far more commonly is glute med tendinitis. Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory. But the underlying problem is wear and tear of the tendon, much more than inflammation. And cortisone not only does little to help repair the damage, it can actually cause more harm to the tissue! PRP, on the other hand, actually stimulates a natural repair of the damaged tendon.
Are Amniotic Fluid products "stem cell" products?
In short, NO!
A new study, published in the March 9, 2019 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, seven commercial companies that provide amniotic fluid products (AFPs) were invited to participate in the study. Only 3 companies (the manufacturers of PalinGen®, FloGraft®, and Genesis® AFPs) agreed to participate and donated AFPs for analysis. The AFPs were evaluated for the presence of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and for various growth factors relevant to orthopedics.
The results showed that MSCs could not be identified in the commercial AFPs or the unprocessed amniotic fluid. MSCs WERE cultured from bone marrow aspirates (control group). Nucleated cells were found in 2 products (PalinGen and FloGraft), but most of these cells were dead. The few living cells that were found did not exhibit established characteristics of MSCs. However, growth factors were present in all products at varying levels.
BOTTOM LINE: Amniotic Fluid Products should NOT be considered "stem cell" therapies. This is important because an increasing number of "stem cell" clinics are popping up, offering "stem cell" treatments using AFPs. This is both deceitful and fraudulent. While these products DO contain some useful growth factors and they can play a role in regenerative medicine treatment, they are NOT "stem cell" treatments, and patients should use caution when considering receiving "stem cell" treatments from such clinics.
At the New England Stem Cell Institute our stem cells come ONLY from YOUR BODY! We adhere to the highest ethical standards as set forth by the Orthobiologic Ethics Consortium, to which were an original signatory.
Do you know EXACTLY what's being injected when you get a treatment?
Over the past year, at least 17 people have been hospitalized after being injected with products made from umbilical cord blood, according to state and federal health officials and patient reports. Sold as a miracle cure for a variety of intractable conditions, the injections have sickened people in five states. One product in particular was the main culprit. Read the linked story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/miraculous-stem-cell-therapy-has-sickened-people-in-five-states/2019/02/26/c04b23a4-3539-11e9-854a-7a14d7fec96a_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.563891637e2c
Looking to profit from the rapidly growing stem cell market, an alarming number of clinics are popping up, many owned and operated by chiropractors who hire poorly trained providers to administer treatments. These clinics advertise "stem cell" treatments. But the products being injected contain NO stem cells. And as the story highlights, they may even be dangerous.
Here at the New England Stem Cell Institute we only use stem cells from YOUR OWN BODY. We abide by a strict code of ethics. And we never misrepresent what your treatment consists of.
Trust your PRP, stem cell, or other regenerative medicine treatment to New England's leading Regenerative Medicine provider - New England Stem Cell Institute. Call us today!
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