Regenerative medicine, also known as cell therapy, is a group of treatment methods used for a variety of health issues. Regenerative medicine takes advantage of the body’s own natural systems to heal the body’s health conditions and injuries.
There are a variety of regenerative medicine treatments, and two of the most popular ones today is stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. The type of regenerative medicine treatment that might work for you depends on the type of health issue you are attempting to correct.
The Different Types of Regenerative Medicine
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy involves harvesting stem cells (commonly taken from the patient) at a special center, and the cells are then used to treat an illness or injury. Stem cells tend to be found in small quantities; they are generic, raw cells that exist in your body naturally. These cells have the capability to be converted into specific types of cells such as muscle cells, blood cells, etc. to serve a specific purpose.
To get stem cell therapy treatment done, stem cells will be extracted from your body and sent to a lab. At the lab, the cells will be multiplied into a larger quantity of cells and converted into the specific type of cells your doctor needs to treat your condition.
Once this is done, your doctor will insert the cells back into your body where it is needed. Because the cells come from the patient’s body itself, there is little chance of complications or reactions.
Because stem cells are converted to the specific type of cells needed to treat the health condition and is inserted back into the body, there are a variety of issues you can correct by using this type of therapy. Stem cell therapy can be used to treat a plethora of health issues including spinal cord issues, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, organ issues and more. The cells take on their new jobs and help the body function the way it’s supposed to.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
PRP therapy involves isolating the platelet-rich plasma from a patient’s blood and inserting it back into the patient’s desired area to encourage the body to heal itself. PRP therapy not only encourages your body to heal itself, but it can also speed up the healing process.
During this procedure, a small amount of blood is extracted from the patient. The lab then isolates the plasma using a centrifuge. After isolating it, the doctor will insert the plasma back into the patient using an injection. For some areas, the doctor may use an imaging machine to guide the injection into the correct area.
The plasma causes temporary inflammation in the area, which signals the body’s natural healing system to take action on the injury and correct the issue. During this process, the body will heal the underlying issue.
PRP therapy can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal issues. PRP therapy has been effective in treating injuries such as broken or fractured bones, ligament and tendon issues, and muscle injuries. It can also treat issues such as arthritic pain.
PRP therapy is also used to heal the body after surgery or injury. Because of its ability to heal the body at a faster speed, PRP therapy is a popular treatment method in sports medicine.
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