In the treatment of tendonitis, osteoarthritis and ligament tears, there has, up until recently, only been simple pain relief or major surgery. The introduction of stem cell therapy and Platelet-rich plasma (or PRP) therapy has changed that forever. While stem cell therapy is the injection of new healthy, adult cells into the area, PRP is the collection of whole blood (this is ant coagulated blood with citrate dextrose) before undergoing two stages of centrifugation designed to separate the PRP aliquot from platelet-poor plasma and red blood cells. Kind of the same way your juicer separates the good stuff and the bad stuff from your juicing fruits.
Both the stem cell and PRP treatments involve injection, and the repair of damaged tissue. PRP treatments are being used all around the world in treatments for sports related injury and the damage of cartilage in these types of wear and tear from high impact activities. Sports medicine is advancing at a rapid pace thanks in part to the development of new technology like PRP therapy. This means quicker healing time and less time sitting around a doctor’s office, or a physical therapy clinic. Or worse, in a hospital bed after invasive surgery.
Similarly to stem cells, PRP injections were first used in major treatments. Bone marrow transplantation is helping people who are suffering from cancers like Leukaemia. PRP was first used in open heart surgery. With the development of the technology since that time, PRP injections have been safely used in many fields including sports medicine, orthopaedics, cosmetics, faciomaxillary and urology
The forefront of the PRP technology isn’t just sports related injuries. In clinical trials in Australia alone, there have been many successful trials related to musculoskeletal injuries as well. This means sufferers of arthritis or Rheumatoid arthritis can see a day where their pain is minimised by PRP therapy and treatment. Arthritis and other musculoskeletal injuries are the most common cause of chronic pain and physical disability in the world. With the introduction of PRP into medicine this could be a thing of the past. Can you imagine a pain free and healthier tomorrow? PRP can get us there. And that is definitely something to get excited about.
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