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PRP and Stem Cells: Heal Yourself From the Inside Out With Regenerative Medicine

February 19, 2020

Have you ever taken a moment to consider how your skin heals after a wound? Your body naturally produces growth factors and other molecules to regenerate necessary tissue in the area and close the injury. The same thing often happens after internal injuries/damage as well. However, as you age, your ability to heal yourself diminishes because there aren’t as many stem cells to produce growth factors and platelets for the repair process.

Regenerative medicine therapies use blood or stem cells to help your body heal itself when your tissues are unable to repair damage from injuries, aging, defects, or disease. While regenerative medicine (RM) is a relatively new field, scientists have studied the potential of harnessing the power of the body’s natural healing ability for decades, exploring the ability to repair damaged tissue, thereby reducing the need for surgery, providing lasting arthritis pain relief, and much more.

What Is PRP Therapy?

A non-surgical treatment that can be used to treat a wide range of orthopedic conditions, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a minimally invasive regenerative medicine technique that is being applied in numerous other specialty fields too.

During PRP therapy, a concentration of platelets is injected into an area of concern to accelerate the healing process in regenerative tissue. Typically, the platelets are autologous, meaning they’re extracted from the patient’s own blood. Only a small amount of blood is drawn,, which is then placed in a centrifuge to spin the blood and separate the different components. The platelet-rich plasma is withdrawn and then injected into the treatment area to stimulate the growth of new cells and promote healing.

PRP therapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of many orthopedic conditions, such as tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, spinal conditions, arthritis, overuse injuries, joint pain and inflammation, and so much more. PRP therapy is still in the earlier stages of research, but the results are very promising thus far.

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

Another RM therapy showing promising results when used for a variety of diseases and injuries is stem cell injections. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to divide and convert into various specialized cell types. This makes them ideal for use in regenerative medicine, as they have the potential to repair or replace damaged tissue.

There are many different types of stem cells, which can be derived from a variety of sources including embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells, and induced pluripotent stem cells. During stem cell therapy, doctors introduce new stem cells into the body via injection to help repair and heal damaged tissue.

The new cells can come from the patient’s own body (autologous) or a donor (homologous). Once they are injected, the stem cells travel and begin to repair the regenerative tissue at the site of the injury or damage.

Stem cell therapy is still a new and developing field, but it has been effective for many of the same orthopedic conditions as PRP therapy such as persistent joint pain and overuse injuries. Like PRP, stem cell therapy is in its infancy but has had remarkable results.

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If you are looking for a new and innovative way to heal your orthopedic injuries, avoid joint replacement surgery, or put an end to persistent pain, it’s time for something different. PRP or stem cell therapy may be the key to unlocking potential in your regenerative tissue, so you can heal yourself!

Call Direct Orthopedic Care today at 855-898-2655 to learn more about the revolutionary ways we’re shaking up the field of orthopedics through regenerative medicine. Then, book your appointment with one of our highly skilled RM providers to finally experience relief.


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