PRP and Stem Cell Therapies are they effective?

Platelet Rich Plasma, Regenerative medicine, Therapies & Treatments
by: Dr. Michael A. Castillo It’s an age-old question in medicine, is this safe? Is it effective? With the rise of regenerative medicine or stem cell therapies, people wonder if therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cells are safe and effective for conditions such as arthritis. Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell therapies can be an effective treatment for arthritis and other conditions. Regenerative medicine is considered to be safe because most regenerative therapies use cells collected from the patient (platelet rich plasma, or stem cells from bone marrow or fat tissue), which minimizes adverse reactions. Some of the most common reactions following procedures are temporary pain and swelling. The effectiveness of regenerative medicine is debated; research into Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell therapies is ongoing. Some…
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Untraditional Approach to Sports Injuries

Platelet Rich Plasma, Regenerative medicine, Therapies & Treatments
If a sports injury does not respond to nonsurgical treatments Dr. Castillo may recommend regenerative medicine therapy Some sports injuries heal fairly quickly on their own with rest and mild activity; while others are like a torn ACL, are unlikely to heal with traditional treatments. Now regenerative medicine such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, Stem Cell Therapy, and others may be able to help heal sports injuries and get players back on the field. What is Regenerative Medicine? Regenerative medicine is the process of using cells to create newly functional tissues or repair tissue damaged from aging, disease, or trauma. The goal of regenerative medicine is to repair damaged tissue that most likely would not properly heal on its own. There are different types of regenerative medicine: cellular, tissue…
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Regenerative Therapies for Osteoarthritis

Regenerative medicine, Therapies & Treatments
Reactions to new materials or objects is eliminated with stem cell therapies as the patient’s own cells. Joint pain has become a growing problem with the extended life expectancy in the US. There are about 1 million joint replacement surgeries performed in the US annually, with the number projecting to increase to nearly 4 million by 2030. Some people continue to live with arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other joint pain – some because of lack of treatment options or a fear of surgery as an option. Regenerative therapies for osteoarthritis While joint replacements have been an option for people suffering from joint pain, there are new breakthrough therapies that are not only effective but can reduce the need for surgery. Now instead of replacement, patients can opt for regenerative medicine therapies,…
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Stem Cells The Next Frontier

Regenerative medicine, Therapies & Treatments
From diabetes to spinal cord injuries, stem cells have the potential to diseases and ailments of all types. Stem cells have become a beneficial option for patients with back problems. Stem cells could be the next frontier in pain management Advances have enabled spinal surgeons to use stem cells to treat patients helping in the regeneration of degenerated discs, healing spinal cord injuries, and helping bone growth in spinal fusions – according to a study in the World Journal of Stem Cells. Stem cell injections are also a viable option for patients suffering with lower back and leg pain. How It Works There are multiple types of stem cell procedures: embryo, fat, and bone marrow. Dr. Castillo uses both exosomes and fat cells for his procedures. Exosomes are cell-derived vesicles…
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Platelet Rich Plasma How Does it Work?

Platelet Rich Plasma, Regenerative medicine
PRP Therapy How Does it Work? Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a growing area in pain management. It is a regenerative medicine that uses a patient’s own blood cells to treat pain. According to the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine, PRP shows promise for treating ailments such as osteoarthritis in joints, rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis, ACL injuries, and much more. Platelet Rich Plasma is a minimally invasive procedure, that can be performed in office. Platelet rich plasma can help many conditions, including knee pain. How PRP Works The process of platelet rich plasma therapy begins with Dr. Castillo drawing a blood and placing it in a centrifuge to be spun down to separate platelets from red blood cells. Dr. Castillo then takes the platelet concentrate and injects it…
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PRP Therapy for Arthritis

Regenerative medicine, Therapies & Treatments
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, sometimes called PRP therapy or autologous conditioned plasma (ACP) therapy, attempts to take advantage of the blood's natural healing properties to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles, or even bone.Although not considered standard practice, a growing number of people are turning to PRP injections to treat an expanding list of orthopedic conditions, including osteoarthritis. It is most commonly used for knee osteoarthritis, but may be used on other joints as well.This article describes how experts think PRP works, who might consider PRP injections for osteoarthritis, how to choose a doctor, and the injection procedure. Also discussed is the available research examining whether PRP is an effective treatment for osteoarthritis. When treating osteoarthritis with platelet-rich plasma, a doctor injects PRP directly into the affected joint. The goal is to:…
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Blood Therapy used by Pro Athletes for Injuries

Chronic Pain Conditions, Chronic Pain News, Regenerative medicine
Platelet Rich Plasma is a therapy treatment that uses the patient's own blood to heal itself. Blood is taken from the patient and spun down to separate the different components: red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma. The plasma, is rich with platelets that are natural occurring healing components in the body. The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is then injected back into the body where the pain is located, helping to accelerate the healing time.The concentration of platelets is what accelerates the body's own healing process, utilizing the concentrated PRP. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a minimally invasive procedure and has relatively little down time, a physician may recommend easing back into activities following PRP. The short down time is why professional athletes like Tiger Woods, Steph Curry, and…
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3D-printed Nerve Stem Cells

Chronic Pain News, Regenerative medicine
Spinal cord injuries can have an effect on other functional areas of the body. Researchers have designed a device which could combine treatment techniques that could restore function to uninjured areas of the body. Combining neuronal stem cells and 3d printing to create an implantable device that would be able to grow new nerve cells re-establishing connection between damaged cells on either side of the injury.  3D Printed Cell Research from University of Minnesota Spinal injuries can be like downed power lines – even if everything on either side of the injury is perfectly functional, the break can effectively shut down the whole system. Now, researchers at the University of Minnesota have designed a device that could link everything back together again. A silicone guide, covered in 3D-printed neuronal stem…
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Regenerative Medicine can Reduce Need for Surgery


Regenerative medicine
Regenerative Medicine is a relatively new branch of medicine that seeks to promote healing and repair of native tissues that are damaged. Using various chemicals, growth factors, and cell transplants, the goal of the treatment is to heal a variety of organs within the body. Currently there are thousands of studies into regeneration and repair. These studies address a wide range of medical problems such as arthritis, tendon tears, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, COPD, heart damage, and even cancer. The cornerstone of Regenerative Medicine is stem cell therapy. Stem cells are immature cells that can differentiate into any type of cell, including muscle, tendon, nerve, cartilage, skin, and bone. People have their own stem cells, but these become less vigorous with aging. That is why children heal a…
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Stem Cell-Rich Prolotherapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma for Musculoskeletal Pain

Chronic Pain News, Regenerative medicine, Therapies & Treatments
Many people have heard the term “platelet-rich plasma” in news stories in connection with athletic injuries, however, not all may realize that when platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is injected into and around a joint, it is actually a type of prolotherapy. In fact, PRP has been used as a formula in prolotherapy since around 2005. The approach has been shown to be effective not only for older injuries but also for recent ones, making it ideal for athletic injuries. It has also successfully been used in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) and helpful for cartilage repair. Not All Platelet-Rich Plasma Is Equal As the use of PRP has grown, so has the demand for, and availability of, PRP–concentrating machines and methods; several manufacturers now make these systems. There are also doctors…
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