We offer stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma, prolotherapy, and IV nutrition therapy. Based on your condition, Dr. Greenberg may recommend one or more of these treatments.
Stem Cell Therapy uses the mesenchymal stem cells and biological growth factors to heal and regenerate injured tissue such as ligaments, tendons, joints and cartilage. When combined with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment, a stem cell treatment is turbocharged with more growth factors and cells that have a greater ability to recruit the immune system to heal.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are concentrates of platelets and growth factors derived from the patient’s own blood, and then are injected with pinpoint precision into damaged and pain causing areas. The purpose of PRP is to enable the body to naturally heal chronic areas of damage that have not healed on their own.
In prolotherapy, Dr. Greenberg injects substances such as dextrose and lidocaine at the site of pain. Prolotherapy causes a minor therapeutic reaction that alerts your body to proliferate blood cells and healing components that are sent to the injection site.
IV therapy refers to the intravenous administration of nutraceuticals (vitamins, minerals, and biological compounds) to promote healing, support bodily functions, and promote longevity and wellness. There are several different kinds of IV therapies, each tailored to a specific ailment. Dr. Greenberg works with each patient to determine the best combination of nutrients for them to promote healing, immune support, hydration, and nourishment.
For stem cell therapy, a local anesthetic is used to numb both the harvest and treatment region when possible. The harvest area is the site where your cells are drawn from your adipose (fat) tissue using two very small incisions. They are then prepared according to FDA guidelines by your Stem Cell Therapy team. Dr. Greenberg will then perform a comprehensive treatment to the damaged region and related areas that further contribute to the source of pain and joint dysfunction. Often, the adipose is used as a fat graft in patients who have joint damage in knees, ankles, hips, shoulders, elbows and thumbs, while patients with neck and back pain will receive direct treatment to areas of the spine and sacrum.
For platelet-rich-plasma, blood is drawn from the patient much like during a blood test. The blood is sent to the lab, where it is filtered. Generally, a sample of whole blood contains about 93% red blood cells, 6% platelets and 1% white blood cells (WBC). To create PRP, the sample that was drawn is placed in a centrifuge where the platelets and white blood cells are separated from the red blood cells. The mixture is inverted in terms of the proportions.
The concentration of the red blood cells, which do little to promote healing, is reduced to around 5%. Beneficial platelets and white blood cells (WBC) are increased to about 94% in the sample. Your physician will then inject the platelet-rich plasma in and around the damaged joint or tissue to initiate the regeneration process. (The PRP sample may also contain a small amount of harmless anticoagulant similar to vitamin C.)
For over twenty years, Dr. Greenberg has studied the behavior of stem cells and researched their complex nature. Since 1999, he has treated patients using regenerative medicine and has researched how tissue-specific stem cells function in the body, how they regenerate nerve, joint and tissue systems and how they depend on other blood components to heal an injury. He will typically perform several hundred stem cell procedures and a few thousand PRP treatments per year.
Dr. Greenberg is a pioneering leader in developing new stem cell-based therapies. He serves as the chair of the Institutional Review Board of the American Association of Stem Cell Physicians and is a founding board member. He is also a consulting physician for DSM, a leader in regenerative biological medicine. He was a member of the first team to publish a case study to repair a meniscus tear using autologous stem cell therapy. He also has the distinction to be selected and accredited as a member of The Main Line Health Dee Adams Center for Integrative and Regenerative Medicine at Bryn Mawr and he is a Clinical Professor at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Medicine at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Greenberg has lectured nationally and internationally, and currently teaches doctors, fellows, residents and students.
Dr. Greenberg is a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine and a member of the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine. He holds Board Certification in Family Practice and is a recipient of the Physicians Recognition Award from the American Medical Association. He is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners.