Gittens Clinic - January 2020




What’s Ahead for PRP and Stem Cell Treatment TRENDS IN PRP & STEM CELL TREATMENT


As we welcome the new year, many are reflecting on the milestones of 2019 and looking forward to the new decade. There is something exciting about the future, particularly because every day, science is bringing us closer to advancements that can help countless lives. One promising area of medical science is PRP and stem cell therapy. While still relatively new fields, PRP and stem cell therapy are being used to treat folks with all types of conditions. Below are some examples of what PRP and stem cell therapy can do. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder with symptoms that include impaired speech, debilitated coordination, impaired planning, and impaired judgments. A recent study by the International Journal of Molecular Sciences indicates that stem cells have the potential to generate new neurons and replace damaged ones to address the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s. However, researchers are still studying the execution of stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s patients, which gives us something to look forward to in the coming years. If you’re unfamiliar, arthritis is the inflammation of joints, which can cause swelling and stiffness and worsens with age. Studies show that stem cell therapy is a promising treatment for arthritis. Current treatments for rheumatoid arthritis include steroids, methotrexate, and cyclosporine. These therapies may provide temporary treatment, but they don’t address the damage to joints or extra-articular tissue. Recent studies have shown that MSC stem cells have profound healing abilities for damaged tissue and possess the ability to preserve the immune system’s ability to fend off diseases. They also show a decrease in inflammation similar to traditional arthritis treatments, but they lack the long-term side effects. With osteoarthritis, PRP has shown a lot of promise. In the Journal of Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease, studies have shown that PRP has proven to be effective in lower degrees of cartilage degeneration. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE ARTHRITIS

From a more aesthetic point of view, PRP treatment shows promise for those

who suffer from hair loss. Clinical applications of PRP are based on the increase of

concentrated growth factors and proteins released from blood.

These growth factors and proteins capitalize on the healing process at the cellular level. The treatments so far show hair growth locally or topically.

These are just some of the trends we see in stem cell and PRP therapy. There is more research to be done for these treatments, but time is on our side. Every day, we’re one step closer to implementing these treatments conventionally. If you have any questions or concerns, never hesitate to reach out. You can call

our offices at 1-833-448-8367 to schedule an appointment, or visit our Stuart, Miami, or Palm Beach Gardens offices. Have a wonderful new year, everyone!

-Dr. Carl Gittens


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