Our Sports Health team is focused on helping our patients alleviate pain, increase mobility and improve their quality of life. We recognize that life is a sport and we offer innovative and effective solutions to help get our patients back into the action as soon as possible.
We offer both platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections to treat inflammatory conditions and joint pain. Our sports medicine physician or orthopaedic surgeon will determine which therapy is right for you.
PRP and stem cell injections can treat the following:
- Osteoarthritis (knees and shoulders)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Wrist and joint pain
- Tennis or golf elbow
- Rotator cuff tears
- Muscle and tendon injuries such as calf and hamstrings
- And more
What are the potential benefits of these injections?
- Improve symptoms
- Regain function after injury
- Eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long-term medication or surgery
About PRP injections
PRP therapy supports faster healing of soft tissue injuries of tendons, ligaments and muscles. It uses the body’s own blood to naturally stimulate tissue and wound healing and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatment, like surgery.
How does PRP therapy work?
Blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. In PRP therapy, only the Plasma-Rich Platelets (PRP) are used, the rest of the blood is discarded. In our bodies, the platelets - in addition to helping blood to clot - release healing proteins called growth factors.
This therapy is designed to increase the numbers of platelets in the body and deliver a large concentration of healing growth factors via an injection that can boost tissue recovery.
About stem cell injections
Stem cell injections are a regenerative cell-based therapy that can be used for the management of inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis, joint pain associated with early arthritis and cartilage damage. These injections have been shown to help treat conditions that were unresponsive to alternate therapies such as PRP injections or Durolane. There is evidence that the benefits may include dramatic anti-inflammatory effects and the potential to aid tissue repair.
How do stem cell injections work?
When the body sustains damage from trauma, disease or simple wear and tear, it normally results in the formation of a wound. These wounds can be external or internal to the body, affect a specific tissue or structure, and often result in a void or loss of tissue. As part of the body’s normal healing mechanisms, a biological process begins to repair the damaged area. To help the body’s own healing mechanisms, stem cells can be used.
Are you covered?
Physician consultations are covered by OHIP. During the consultation, you will discuss if you are good candidate for injections. The costs of the injections are not currently covered by benefit plans.
- Anthony Miniaci, MD, FRCSC - Orthopaedic Surgeon