Y’all know what I love? Open access science, that’s what. And that’s why this week’s good news about cell therapy comes from an article that’s freely available to every single one of you, right here on the regular old internet. This study actually came out about a year ago, but I think it deserves a little more attention than it’s received thus far. Here’s why: this study executed a head to head comparison of hyaluronic acid (HA) injections (aka viscosupplementation) and platelet rich plasma (PRP), which is frequently a topic of conversation with doctor and patients. The authors concluded that PRP achieved longer lasting results in all patients and was more effective in reducing pain and disability (as measure by a quality of life scale) in patients with less severe arthritis. – Read More –
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Stem cells and regenerative medicine represent the promise of 21st century scientific advancement in how healthcare will be practiced in the United States and abroad. At its core, regenerative medicine is the process of using cells, proteins, and biomaterials to trigger natural healing and regeneration within the body. Scientists are closer than ever to understanding the mechanisms of biologic disease and regeneration and why our bodies fail to repair themselves after traumatic injury, age-related degeneration, or disease-induced deterioration. Admittedly, there is much more still to be learned than has been discovered thus far, but our accomplishments as a field are laudable nonetheless. – Read More –
Regenerative medicine has sprouted many fascinating therapies and is gaining popularity in the field of medicine for spine and orthopedic applications. Regenerative medicine is an umbrella term for many treatments, and I will cover the adult stem cell therapy derived from autologous bone marrow concentrate (stem cells and immune cells concentrated from a patient’s own bone marrow). Below are some of my favorite 2016 publications that show the latest advances in regenerative medicine. – Read More –
Have you looked in the mirror lately and gasped, “Good grief, are those new wrinkles under my eyes?!” Unfortunately, this obnoxious gift of time and environmental factors has happened or will happen to most of us. Many people turn to plastic surgery, hyaluronic acid fillers, or Botox, but what if there was a more natural way of infusing youth?
I have been reviewing an article written by Drs. Harm and Fung on the dangers of widespread availability of PRP treatments over the past couple of posts.
The authors continue in the last third of the article in a self-serving manner by tsk, tsking that just about anyone licensed by a state medical board would be allowed access to PRP devices:
“…although their knowledge of the handling of blood and tissues for the purposes of reinfusion would not be assessed beyond what might be required of a vendor selling the collection device.” – Read More –