The Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy, sometimes known as PRP therapy, is a treatment plan designed to reduce pain and to heal injuries and is usually administered through injection. Stem cell treatment is common for arthritis and injuries to the skeletal and muscular systems (ligaments, tendons, muscles, cartilage, and bones). Pluripotent embryonic human stem cells, carried by babies and infants, can become any of the hundreds of different cell types of the body. In contrast, multipotent stem cells in adults can turn into more than one cell type. However, these are safer; being more limited and controlled in comparison to pluripotent cells. Stem cell therapy and stem cell treatment are performed with adult stem cells.
Let’s look a little further: human joints contain plenty of stem cells responsible for repairs and maintenance as well as when and where they are needed. In essence, stem cells give out instructions and can then transform into specialized cells that perform the required action for repairs. Having the proper amount of stem cells balances the damage and repairs that the body experiences and, with time, the number of these stem cells decline. Aging affects the number of stem cells retained in the body as well as severe injuries that lead to an imbalance due to the dramatic reduction of stem cells when needed for such repairs. This is the root cause of conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain, and injuries.
Fortunately, there are multiple areas in the body that contain a large reserve of stem cells. These areas are the hip bones and the surrounding fat on the hips and buttocks. During stem cell therapy, the doctor extracts stem cells from these areas then transfers them to the area of injury or arthritis. This will provide the necessary amount of stem cells for treatment and repair. Stem cells secrete growth factors responsible for the operations of rebuilding the damaged area.
Stem cell treatment is common for damaged ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones, cartilage joints, and meniscus. Also, it is a great alternative to surgery and is preferred for conditions untreatable by therapy, medication, and other injections.
Plasma-rich platelets (PRP) therapy, works in a similar fashion in that it is used to treat professional athletes who attain injuries while performing in sports. Instead of extracting stem cells, platelets are used to secrete growth factors necessary for repair. During this process, a certain amount of blood is taken from the patient and components of the blood are separated during a process called centrifugation. And then, the fraction of blood which contains the platelet-containing plasma is injected to the affected area. It is considered a low-risk treatment as a great alternative to surgery. Common injuries treated by PRP Therapy include tennis elbow and torn ligaments.
- Great alternative treatment for numerous conditions like diabetes, severe injuries, cancer
- Aids in scientific research and development
- Tons of health regenerative benefits
- Contributes to the study of birth defects as well as abnormal development within the body
- Uses patient’s own stem cells which negates the risk of rejection
- Long term side effects are yet to be discovered
- When embryonic cells are used, the risk of rejection is dramatically increased
- Still under research. Many things have yet to be established before making this a widespread treatment plan
Who Can Use PRP Therapy?
Patients with trauma, injuries, and illnesses or that have accumulated a combination or all of these can benefit from this kind of treatment plan. Research also shows that patients that desire to slow or even reverse the effects of the aging process may be administered this kind of therapy. While still being researched, stem cell therapy has been shown to improve the lives of many people.
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