The medical field is always evolving. Researchers are constantly on the lookout for new ways of dealing with the human body. Currently, regenerative medicine is an exciting topic, not only for medics but for all human health enthusiasts. With researchers learning more about the ability of the human body to heal itself, you cannot afford to overlook this option.
However, there are various sections of regenerative medicine, with the most common ones being platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and stem cell therapy. Both therapies can be found in various healing centers near you. But before you rush into it, here’s what you need to know:
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is currently the most discussed topic when it comes to regenerative medicine. Medical researchers have found it useful in the treatment of common soft tissue injuries, such as repetitive use, and tendon tear injuries. They are also still considering its use in countering chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases.
In the human body, stem cells are like building blocks. Hence the popular name master cells. They can comfortably divide and reproduce themselves into various body cells( such as skin, blood, tissue) when undergoing the differentiation process.
We have amniotic (found in the amniotic fluid), embryonic (in human embryos), and induced pluripotent stem cells (lab-grown). There are also umbilical cord blood stem cells, which are known to heal various blood diseases, and blood and bone marrow blood stems.
Doctors will place stem cells near your body’s injured tissues, allowing them to adapt and heal the tissues. They can be used instead of common antibiotics such as fluoroquinolones whose prolonged use can lead to Cipro toxicity.
Also, stem injections help in the growth of new cells to prolong the lifespan of specific joints.
Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy
PRP therapy might not be as rampant as stem therapy, but it’s another regenerative medicine that’s been positively working for many patients. It works like stem cells, only that it’s a specialized blood cell.
Platelets are your body’s healing army. They’re made up of growth components, which significantly boost your body’s ability to regenerate and repair damaged tissues. They are responsible for creating clotting after cuts and controlling how cells divide and renew after such accidents.
Since the human blood is made up of various components (water, plasma, white and red blood cells), it has to undergo a special process to separate the elements before use. It’s the concentrated plasma together with healing platelets that are used in PRP therapy.
The most common use of PRP is in the treatment of soft tissue injuries to relieve pain, curb inflammation and boost mobility.
The best way to know if regenerative medicine is a good option is by talking to your doctor. You also get to ask questions to understand the whole concept.