There are some very exciting new preventative and regenerative medical treatments that are showing excellent results in treating many health challenges – specifically platelet-rich plasma therapy and more recently, stem cell therapy. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is being used for pain management and repair of bone, joint, ligament and cartilage damage, while stem cell therapy is helping improve the lives of people with a wide range of health issues, from auto-immune diseases, autism, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and more.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary new treatment that relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. PRP is showing exciting potential with osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip and spine, rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, pelvic pain and instability, back and neck injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis, and ligament sprains
The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. PRP therapy’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets.
To create PRP therapy, a small sample of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into and around the point of injury, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the body’s natural healing signal. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.
Clinical trials are also now showing positive results for stem cell therapy in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Stem cells can be harvested in large quantities from fat tissue, with minimally invasive surgery. These cells have emerged in recent years as a good alternative to stem cells derived from bone marrow. In Europe there are a number of manufacturing facilities now established for of production of stem cells for human use. They aim to culture adult stem cells to tackle conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and associated conditions.
In Panama, the Stem Cell Institute is one of the world’s leading adult stem cell therapy and research centers. In close collaboration with universities and physicians worldwide, the Institute delivers a comprehensive number of stem cell treatment protocols. The Institute has performed over 2,000 treatments since 2006.
Adult stem cells can be extracted from many areas of the body, including the bone marrow, fat, and peripheral blood. Once the cells have been harvested, they are sent to the lab where they are purified and assessed for quality before being reintroduced back in the patient. Since the stem cells come from the patient there is no possibility for rejection. Using autologous (your own) stem cells creates no ethical or moral issues and pose no possibility for rejection. Stem cells isolated from the bone marrow or fat have the ability to become different cell types (i.e. nerve cells, liver cells, heart cells, and cartilage cells). Studies have also shown that these are capable of homing to and repairing damaged tissue. Animal studies have shown that these stem cells also secrete proteins and peptides that stimulate healing of damaged tissue, including heart muscle and spinal cord.
On April 26, 2014 purepower events will be holding a seminar on the use of these therapies, and more. Featured speakers include: Kelowna’s Dr. Grant Pagdin, who is currently providing plasma-rich platelet therapy to patients; Dr. Diego Navarro, MD, who is coming from Mexico to share his experiences with PRP therapy, as well as stem cell therapies, at his medical clinic; and Dr. Alana Berg, a naturopathic doctor based in Kelowna. Dr. Berg is going to discuss auto-immune disorders – why they are so prevalent in today’s society and what can be done to overcome them. For more information and to register visit www.purepowerevents.com/events/knowledge-is-power.