PRP and Stem Cells Heal Thyself
Your body contains an average of nine to eleven pints of blood, depending on your size and weight. Blood travels about 12,000 miles in your body every day, providing cells with nutrients and removing waste products. The body’s network of veins, arteries and capillaries is nearly 60,000 miles long.
Over 99% of the solid particles in blood are red blood cells. The remainder are white blood cells and platelets. Blood is 55% blood plasma and more than 90% of blood plasma is water and less than 10% is proteins, electrolytes, vitamins, and nutrients. Platelets and proteins in plasma form clots that prevent hemorrhaging and promote healing.
When you inhale oxygen, red blood cells transport the oxygen from the lungs through the bloodstream to the cells of the body so your heart can beat, and your brain can work. The red blood cells pick up carbon dioxide as a waste product and transport it back to the lungs for you to exhale.
Some white blood cells fight intruders such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi and render them harmless. Other white blood cells produce antibodies, which target foreign objects or germs.
All solid parts of blood originate from stem cells, produced mainly in the bone marrow. Bone marrow stems cells spawn every kind of blood cell. When the blood cells are complete, they are released into the bloodstream. Blood is constantly being renewed by stem cells in the bone marrow.
Regenerative therapies are techniques using your own blood or stem cells to help your body heal itself. A blood draw centrifuged with growth factors transforms into platelet-rich plasma. Stem cells, harvested from bone marrow, are centrifuged and combined with growth factors. Platelet-rich plasma or stem cells can be injected into damaged tissue and promote healing. Hematologists have studied the basic biology of stem cells for decades, exploring their extensive potential to repair damaged tissue, fight infections, and reduce autoimmune diseases.
Platelet-rich plasma or stem cell therapies are used to treat tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, spinal conditions, arthritis, overuse injuries, joint pain and inflammation, and more. Discuss regenerative medicine therapy options with your DOC orthopedic surgeon or PA.
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