What can stem cell and platelet-rich plasma treatments do for you?
What if you could put your own body to work healing itself? That’s the basic premise of regenerative medicine, which is being used in various ways to restore damaged tissues and speed the body’s healing process.
Regenerative medicine - which uses cells to create living, functioning tissue - holds the promise of repairing damaged tissues and organs by stimulating these tissues to heal themselves, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) - two of the best-known types of regenerative medicine — may make a difference in disease care and pain management in fields ranging from ophthalmology to orthopedics. Research is ongoing, though, and so far few stem cell treatments have been proven safe and effective, according to the International Society for Stem Cell Research.