This HND piece delves into a new form of treatment, that is now moving from elite athletes to the general public. We begin with a discussion of stem cells, and how they are key agents of healing—normally traveling to the injured area via the bloodstream.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is used by injection to encourage stem cells getting to regions with lowered blood supply—and these include joints, meniscus tissue, rotator cuff, spinal discs, and other tendonous/ligamentous structures. You know: areas prone to pain, since we humans first walked the earth.
When PRP isn't quite enough—as in osteoarthritis— stem cells (adult stem cells are used) can be injected directly at the site in question.
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