Regenerative Therapy vs. PRP Therapy: What’s The Difference?


strands of dna

Regenerative therapy and PRP therapy are natural injection-based treatments that can improve and speed up the body’s natural healing process. Memphis Regenerative Healthcare specializes in using both of these treatments to ease joint pains and heal injuries without having to resort to surgery or prescribing painkillers.

Still, patients often want to know what the differences between these two therapies are; is one safer or than the other? Is one better than the other? 

We hope to answer some of these questions below. Should you have any more questions about these therapies after reading, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 901-446-1689 or schedule an appointment with us.

What is regenerative therapy?

Regenerative therapy uses a special kind of cell that has the ability to change into different kinds of cells, and some of these cells can morph into cells that are built to repair tissue.

At Memphis Regenerative Healthcare, we source these particular cells from amniotic and umbilical cord tissues that are harvested at the birth of a healthy baby. Our medical specialists inject these cells at the site of an injury or an area that’s causing a patient pain. The injected cells develop into new, healthy tissue in order to restore, replace, and repair a patient’s damaged cells and tissues at a faster rate, resulting in less pain and improved mobility.

The benefits of regenerative therapy go beyond most standard injection therapies; regenerative therapy restores degenerating tissues while providing pain relief.

Regenerative therapy requires just a single injection, and most patients are able to go home or back to work without any downtime to recover.

What is PRP therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy, often known as PRP therapy, is a medical treatment extracted from a patient’s blood. Plasma is the liquid part of blood that makes it easy for blood cells to travel throughout the body. Platelets are a type of blood cell that play a role in clotting blood. Clotting is one of the most important parts of the body’s natural healing process.

PRP therapy uses a device that creates a concentration of plasma that is filled with more platelets than the patient’s blood typically has. From there, doctors inject the concentration back into the patient’s body, specifically where they are experiencing pain. The highly concentrated injection of platelets will help accelerate the body’s natural healing process.

One key difference between regenerative therapy and PRP therapy is that PRP therapy usually involves multiple injections in order to be most effective. Still, patients can return to their usual activities with no downtime, making it well worth patients’ time.

How do these therapies work?

Regenerative and PRP therapies share more commonalities than differences for the most part. Both therapies are done via injections at the site that requires healing; the biggest difference between the two is the contents of the injections.

The idea behind regenerative therapy and PRP therapy is that injecting a high concentration of highly potent healing cells or platelets directly into the site of an injury or a site that is causing or experiencing pain can accelerate and improve the body’s natural healing process.

What does regenerative therapy treat?

Regenerative therapy can treat a wide variety of conditions, such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and more. Memphis Regenerative Healthcare specializes in treating joint pain and inflammation, which is why our regenerative therapy injections contain hyaluronic acid, which helps keep joints lubricated to ease pain and restore mobility.

What does PRP therapy treat?

PRP therapy treats many of the same conditions regenerative therapy does; it’s also used to treat sports injuries, muscle strains, ACL tears, and more. It’s even been used to encourage the growth of hair for people who’ve lost their hair or are balding!

Memphis Regenerative Healthcare focuses on using PRP therapy for joint pain and muscle injury-related issues, some of which may be caused by overuse or a sports injury.

Are regenerative therapy & PRP therapy safe?

Regenerative therapy and PRP therapy are some of the safest medical procedures available. In fact, regenerative therapy has a significantly lower rate of complications when compared to knee replacement surgery.

In the case of PRP therapy, it is incredibly rare for anyone to have an allergic reaction or have their body reject the treatment, as it is autologous, meaning the source of the treatment came directly from the patient’s body. The risk for infection with PRP therapy is also small for the same reason.

The content of regenerative therapy injections may not be autologous, but because the cells taken from umbilical cord tissue are newer and have not taken a permanent form or type yet, the body’s immune system does not recognize these cells as foreign and does not reject them. So far, none of our patients have experienced their bodies rejecting these cells.

Neither of these therapies require surgeries, a hospital stay, physical therapy, or prescription painkillers or steroids, not only making them safer than many other treatment options, but also more cost-efficient.

Which of these therapies is right for me?

Even though these therapies are very similar, all of our patients are different from one another. One therapy may not be as effective for one patient to the degree it is for another.

The best and safest way to determine which therapy is best for you is to talk to one of our healthcare specialists.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment so we can discuss your health and select the treatment option will be the most effective for you.

Call Us