An interesting approach to stem cell use to address cartilage repair, our approach would be different.
Cartilage is the tough but flexible tissue that covers the ends of your bones at a joint and supports other parts of your body. Healthy cartilage protects bones by preventing them from rubbing against each other. Cartilage injuries have ended many athletes’ careers-including that of former two-sport star Bo Jackson-and the general wear-and-tear of the joint-cushioning tissue is something that almost everyone will endure as they age. Unfortunately, repairing cartilage remains difficult: Without blood flowing through it, cartilage has a hard time healing on its own and no chance of regenerating once it’s gone.
A new era in the treatment of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions is now being firmly established. The use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and other biologic materials has captured the interest of not only medical practitioners, but more importantly, patients. The theoretical benefit being that conditions previously treated with medications such corticosteroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents could now be treated with a more natural solution, a preparation made from the blood of the per son being treated. To many people this sort of treatment is very attractive, and desirable. There are many questions about PRP: What is it; how was it first used; how does it work; is it safe; is it effective; what kind of conditions can be treated? The hope is that after reading this primer, that one will walk a way with a strong basic knowledge.