Why PRP Treatments Should be Considered For Your Treatment
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PRP and stem cell injections are new technologies aiming to repair damaged tissues including,
- Repairing damaged weak spinal discs causing back and neck pain or sciatic pain by irritating the nerves.
- Repairing injured and damaged joints like knee, hip, shoulder and spinal joints.
- Osteoarthritis and arthritis pain.
- Repair of inflamed nerves.
Blood is majorly in liquid form called plasma. It is made up other vital components including white blood cells, red blood cells, and the platelets. Platelets are responsible for clotting when a person is injured. They comprise hundreds of proteins are also called growth factors, a very useful substance in the natural healing process of the body. PRP Treatments uses an injection of concentrated platelets drawn from the person's blood to speed up healing of injured ligaments, tendons, joints and muscles. PRP techniques use the person’s own body’s healing system to enhance the cure.
Notable athletes have been treated using the injection of platelet-rich plasma to help their healing and recovery process. The technique is also effective for the treatment of fractures and knee arthritis.There are some benefits why PRP is preferred by many people.
Benefits of PRP treatment
- The treatment process is very fast and may not last more than 60 minutes
- It is a minimal invasive procedure that uses only injection as the mode of treatment
- The recovery time is less compared to other similar treatments
It has no severe side effects
Preparation and Use of Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Injection
First, blood is extracted from the patient. Extraction is done most times from the arm using a needle. The collected blood is then taken through a centrifuge in the lab to separate the platelets from other components of the blood. The concentration of the platelets increases during this procedure. The concentrated platelets which are now activated are injected directly into the patient’s injured area, releasing the growth factor to strengthen and stimulate the number of reparative cells.
Sometimes, ultrasound imaging is used to guide the injection for precision. The side effects of using this technique are very minimal if any at all since the patient’s blood is used. Pains on the spot where the injection is introduced may be one of the side effects after the treatment.
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Injections for Surgery
PRP can be handy to speed up healing after some surgeries. For instance, healing of a torn tendon after surgery can be made faster by treating the injured spot with a PRP injection. The platelet can be prepared differently in a way that makes it possible for it to be stitched into the torn tissues.
How Effective Is PRP treatment ?
The result of PRP injections is determined by some factors. Studies carried out to evaluate how efficient the procedure is have seen some positives but are still inconclusive due to the influence of some elements. Factors that may influence the effectiveness of the treatment are:
- The part of the body that is treated
- The level of the injury, whether, chronic, acute or otherwise
- The patient’s overall health
Most of the reports on PRP therapy have been on sportsmen and women who have suffered chronic or severe injuries. In a study, PRP is seen to be more effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries. Players of tennis who have torn tendon on their elbow are more prevalent with this treatment.
Stem Cells Injection: An Innovative Breakthrough In Medicine
Medical breakthroughs have in recent times help treatment of disease in a new way. Stem cells have always been in the news for this. It is sometimes for positive reasons, and at other times it is with controversy. Stem cells have long been seeing to have strong potential for new application in medical treatments.
What Stem Cells are:
Stem cells are cells from which other cells in the body with specialized functions are generated. Stem cells divide to form other cells under favorable condition in the body or in the lab to produce daughter cells. These daughter cells either become stem cells themselves or specialized cells in the body with unique functions such as brain cells, blood cells, heart muscle cells, and bone cells. Other cells in the body besides stem cells do not have the natural ability to
produce a new cell type.
Prospects with Stem Cells
More and more research has been carried to discover how stem cells can benefit the medical world.
Useful for Regenerative Medicine:
They are discovered to have the potential to help regenerative medicine. Stem cells can be used to regenerate healthy cells to replace old or dead cells in the body. They can be guided to become cells with specific functions to repair damaged or diseased tissues. People with spinal cord injury, Parkinson disease, type 1 diabetes and heart disease among others may find the use of stem cells a lifesaver for their treatment.
To Help Further Studies on Diseases
Scientists and researchers can study how diseases occur by observing how stem cells grow into cells in the heart muscles, the bones, the nerves and other body organs.
To Test New Medicines for Effectiveness and Safety
Before using drugs on real people, researchers can adopt the use of stem cells for drugs for quality and safety purpose. Other areas of interest recently include using stems cells from humans that is programmed into specific cells to test drugs that are newly developed.
Types of Stem Cells;
There are different locations where stem cells are produced. The different types can be classified according to these different locations. They include:
- Embryonic stem cells: These are the most popular types and have been in the news most times for controversy and ethical issues. They are stem cells from the human embryos of 3 to 5 days old, having about 150 cells. They are capable of dividing into more stem cells or become different types.
- Adult Stem Cells: They are stem cells found in small amount in adult tissues. For instance in fat and bone marrow. Unlike embryonic cells, adult stem cells have limited potential to regenerate various types of cells in the body.
- Perinatal Stem Cells: They are stem cells locate in amniotic fluids and blood from the umbilical cord. They are stem cells that can convert into specialized cells.
Stem Cell Therapy;
Otherwise called regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy enhances the repair response of dead, injured or dysfunctional tissues using stem cells or the derivatives. It is a new technique in organ transplant. Cells instead of scarce donor organs are used for transplantation. Specialized cells are implanted into the body. The practice of regenerative medicine is a medical breakthrough that has continued to generate a lot of interest in the midst of controversies surrounding the practice.
How can stem cells or PRP treatment help?
By using cells from your own body, stem cell and PRP treatments distinguish themselves from other treatments. These treatments are non invasive and use platelets from your own blood samples to heal you. The treatment begins with a consultation with our physicians. Along with a physical exam imaging diagnostics may be recommended. Once the case is diagnosed, and the stem cell or PRP treatment is deemed to be suitable we begin by collecting a small blood sample.
The platelets in the blood sample are then activated and centrifuged by our technicians. Once ready, the stem cells can be injected into the target area requiring the healing. The healing begins almost instantaneously and you can feel the pain relief begin over the area. Over the coming days and weeks it will continue to get better. Your physician may advise a course of 2-6 stem cell treatments depending on factors such as the area of treatment and the extent of damage.
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Dr. Ashraf Shatla
Dr. Ashraf Shatla had practiced as a Neurosurgeon since his graduation from Edinburgh University in 1990. He practiced his specialty as Consultant Brain & Spinal all over “Europe, Canada, USA and Middle East.
Dr.Shatla’s work has extended to a new era of functional neurosurgery using recent neuronavigation and stereotactic surgery, allowing the most accurate and precise techniques for brain and spine surgery and for recent minimal invasive spinal procedures for spinal pain, endoscopic discectomy for back and neck pain surgery.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Stem-cell Treatment
What areas are stem cell and PRP treatments most effective more?
Spinal facet joints as well as the main joints in the body like the knees, hips, shoulders and knees.
How does it treat these areas?
How long does the treatment take?
After the initial consult. The treatment generally takes 60 minutes. During this time a local anesthetic will be administered, the blood sample will be collected and the injections will be given to the patient in the troubled area.
How long till the result?
The result can be felt immediately after the treatment with better pain tolerance and movement capacity. Over the next few weeks, the improvement will increase more and more. A booster injection may be prescribed by the doctor to be taken 4 weeks after for certain larger joints if the damage is severe.