Wednesday, September 16, 2015

PRP or Stem Cells?

With regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy, stem cells or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are used to heal and repair injured tissue in the body. If you are suffering from chronic pain in your joints or spine, stem cell therapy could be just what you need.

Some patients may benefit more from PRP than stem cells, and vice-versa. What exactly determines the correct decision? There are a few elements that must be considered.

First, it is important to understand the difference between PRP and stem cells. PRP is blood plasma that has high autologous concentration of a group of cells called platelets and groth factors. Stem cells are a special class of human cells that can self renew, multiply indefinitely and also create specialized cells.

PRP is obtained through a simple blood draw, which collects a small amount of blood using a special collection of tubes. A centrifuge is then used to separate platelets and growth factors from other components. Adult adipose stem cells are collected through a mini liposuction procedure, while bone marrow stem cells are collected by being aspirated from the hipbone.

Both use the body’s own natural reparative factors to heal itself, but they are used for different reasons. If the damage is not too severe and has not been there for an extended amount of time, PRP might be enough to take care of it by itself. If the damage is more severe, stem cells and PRP can work together for a faster and more complete recovery.

PRP can be used in many different ways in orthopedic and aesthetic medicine; they are often used to attract stem cells to the site of an injury and can boost the healing process if paired with stem cells.

The future of stem cell therapy(future of stc post link) is looking brighter and more promising each day. If you have any questions or want to learn more, comment below or contact us directly at (201) 288-7246.

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