Stem cells research falls in the field of regenerative medicine. The field itself is undergoing active research worldwide and rapidly advancing. The application of platelet rich plasma in treatment of chronic pain due to various conditions, such as tendonitis, ligament and cartilage damage, etc is an example of how basic science research gives rise to an innovative therapy for some of the most difficult pathological conditions. Some ongoing new clinical trials apply the results of stem cells and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) research to the treatment of discogenic low back pain, chronic arthritis of knee, for instance. It is an exciting time for regenerative medicine. Innovative and effective treatment options are being offered to patients who have previously suffer from chronic pain refractory to conventional treatment modality.
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment for Sports-Related Injury
PRP therapy is the method of injecting platelet rich plasma into the body to enhance self-healing process. Normal blood has about 6% platelets and in platelet rich plasma there is a higher concentration of platelets, above 90%.
From the nineties this type of medical procedure became available. It soon becomes obvious that PRP treatment will become the treatment of choice for many type of soft-tissue injuries seen in sports medicine.
How Does PRP Therapy Work
Since the platelets introduced in PRP treatment contains high concentration of cytokines, proteins, growth factors and other natural wound healing elements, they are able to enhance the healing process. As more platelets are introduced, the damaged soft tissues are repaired and allow for faster recovery. Several high profile athletes have used the PRP treatment to help them heal. Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Settlers was give the treatment for a severe collateral ligament sprain. He was vocal after the treatment stating it is the only reason he continued to play. Once it became popular Tiger Woods and other sports injury prone super stars followed.
The Evolution of PRP Therapy
The treatment still has its skeptics like any advanced medical procedure does. Over time this type of treatment has escalated to high demand. There are now more portable kits that allow it to be used in more places. Overall the side effects and risks of PRP injections in Los Angeles are minimal. There are some concerns of hyperplasia (over-growth) forming when growth factors are being used, but there hasn’t been anything that proves this is validity of the concern.
Alternatives to PRP Therapy
There are some alternatives to PRP treatment that have been studied and used instead. One of the more popular ones is the use of cortisone. It was found that the PRP treatment was much more effective in relieving pain and helping with healing for long term.
Anytime high profile celebrities advocate for some type of medical breakthrough it becomes more popular in the eyes of the public and the medical field. The PRP therapy has backed up the hype by proving time and again to be effective when it comes to helping heal sports injuries and speeding up recovery time.
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