12 Nov The Importance of Platelet-Rich Plasma
Stem cell therapy is an up and coming treatment in the medical field today. For years, stem cells have been a hot topic of research in the medical community. This research has led to discoveries in how stem cells can be used, and what helps to make them the most effective. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) has shown to be a key component in allowing stem cells to work to the greatest of their ability. As a result, PRP is now often used along with stem cells to treat a wide variety of diseases and medical conditions.
Plasma is the liquid part of blood that is made up primarily of proteins and water. Platelets are blood cells that allow blood to clot and contain various growth and healing factors. Platelet-Rich Plasma is the liquid part of blood, made to contain a high concentration of clotting, healing, and growth factors. It typically contains five times more platelets than are present in normal blood alone. In some cases, PRP has been used on its own, without stem cells, and injections into a patient. In these cases, patients do show some improvement, but not as much as when PRPs are combined with stem cells.
The combination of PRPs, which are the body’s natural healing cells, and stem cells, which can differentiate into various cells, has proven to be a very powerful treatment for a variety of ailments. It is not fully understood how PRPs and stem cells work together. However, research shows that PRPs facilitate the work of stem cells. PRP injections allow stem cells to work faster, and in a more efficient manner than just stem cells alone.
Stem cells have provided hope for so many people suffering from a variety of diseases. Previously, neurological disorders, nerve injuries, and so much more were incurable. Patients learned to live with the diseases, but their quality of life was greatly diminished. Stem cell therapy has also been key in pain management. With the opioid crisis at an all-time high, physicians are less willing to prescribe pain medications for their patients suffering from chronic pain. These patients often try conservative treatment approaches to no avail. Fortunately, many clinics use PRPs in combination with stem cells, to treat diseases and chronic pain, and give people hope for a better future.
Since stem cells were first discovered, there has been an immense amount of research and funding poured into understanding how to make treatments more effective. With stem cells having the ability to differentiate into a wide range of cells, they can help people suffering from a variety of diseases. One of the most significant advancements in stem cell research was learning that PRPs can help stem cells be even more effective for patient treatment. The next steps are learning how to make PRP and stem cell therapy more widely available, and cost-effective, so more people can benefit from this form of treatment. There is still a lot to learn about stem cell therapy, but they provide hope for the future.