Stem Cell Series #5: PRP vs. Stem Cell Therapy


Platelet-rich-plasma and stem cell therapy are often used interchangeably but there are notable differences. Both have been studied for their regenerative benefit in sports medicine, chronic pain treatment, and many other worthy uses. Many physicians offer these life-changing treatments to patients in need of restored function, pain relief, and care for the knee, ankle, foot, and shoulder injuries for example. Sparrow has developed a process that distinguishes our PRP and Stem Cell Therapies from other clinics.

We often hear PRP injections and stem cell treatment grouped together. For PRP injections, a physician uses the patient’s own blood to separate platelets in a centrifuge. The platelets are then re-injected into the targeted area, releasing growth factors that promote natural healing.  

Stem cell therapy is a completely different process of extracting rejuvenating cells. For the procedure, stem cells from fat tissue are used alone or in conjunction with PRP and then re-injected via IV therapy and in some cases, targeted areas.

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