Platelet-rich-plasma therapy is proving useful in injection form for painful joint conditions and chronic soft tissue injuries. And because it is a natural, safe and effective way to treat conditions we previously treated with surgery and opioid regiments, research and development is always underway. The
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The Shortcomings of Cortisone Treatments for Pain
Cortisone injections are used for a host of things, perhaps most notably, really bad bouts of poison ivy. As an emergency intervention for allergic reactions, it has its uses. But cortisone shots are also standard treatment practice in degenerated joints, partially because it has expedient
The Implications of Biotechnology for Medical Research & Healthcare
As medical research speeds ahead with advances in disease and injury treatment, biomanufacturing is becoming more common. In fact, in medicine, biotechnology is the future. Biomanufacturing is creating a biologic from living cells, and is being researched in food production and other industrial purposes –
Rotator Cuff Injuries: Can Stem Cell Therapy Heal Damaged Shoulders?
Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles, tendons and fascia that cover the top of your humerus and cap your shoulder. As the name implies, the rotator cuff is what allows you to raise, lower and rotate your arms. Your shoulders are arguably the
Platelet-Rich-Plasma Therapy: What it is & How it Works
In the field of regenerative medicine, two of the most promising new therapies that might prove “cure-alls” for a variety of ailments are stem cell therapy and PRP therapy. Both are meant to use endemic material to spur your body to heal itself, but only
Let’s Talk About Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is a sensitive subject. It affects you in the most intimate way possible, and if you have a partner, it affects them, too. But it can’t be a taboo subject if we want to develop effective treatments that prevent its recurrence on a
10 Stretches and Exercises to Help Ease Pain Thought to Come from Piriformis Syndrome
Piriformis syndrome is an unpleasant and sometimes debilitating disorder that is thought to result from the piriformis muscle interfering with and irritating the sciatic nerve. This however, is rarely what is happening in your body. The piriformis muscle is a deep-seated muscle involved in hip
Orb Weavers Weave Webs that are More than just Pretty
One of the toughest kinds of tissue to repair once it’s been damaged by injury of disease, is nerve tissue. Depending on where the neuropathy occurs, nerve damage is often a lifelong change; some nerves never heal, other might, partially, over years or decades. And
What is Tissue Engineering?
Tissue engineering is exactly what it sounds like; doctors create tissues in the lab to aid the body in healing damaged areas. Tissue engineering can aid injection therapies like stem cell treatments and platelet-rich-plasma treatment. Injection treatments simply inject cells into the damaged tissue to
What’s Best Practices When it comes to Managing Myofascial Pain?
Myofascial pain syndrome is defined by the presence of trigger points throughout the body that are tender and cause pain. The pain that results from irritating a trigger point might even be referred to a different body part, making identifying trigger points a little complicated.
Why the Stigma of Stem Cell Therapy is Stopping us from Getting Better
When stem cell therapies emerged in their first form – bone marrow transplants – no one had a problem with it. It was a natural resource from another live human. It didn’t compromise the health of the donor, and often, it saved the recipient’s life
Why Treat a Headache with Chemicals when you can do it Naturally?
Headaches are a really common phenomenon. They can be anywhere from mild to super painful, but they differ considerably from migraines. Typically, headache treatment and migraine treatment include anti-inflammatory and pain-killing medications. But the thing about headaches is, over 90% of the time they’re secondary.
PRP Therapy for Patients with Hair Loss is Promising
Platelet-rich-plasma treatments are a relatively new development in medicine. PRP therapy has so far been used for tissue regeneration in ailments like torn tendons or chronic inflammation. In the last two years or so, medical researchers have begun clinical trials on the use of PRP
Urinary Stress Incontinence: Causes and Symptoms
Urinary incontinence as broadly defined as “the unintentional loss of urine.” And while this could be because of overactive bladder or an urgency dysfunction, people… well, women… women usually suffer from urinary stressincontinence. This is where basic movements that put even a little strain on
The Latest in Medical Marijuana: Munchies Without the High
The more medical marijuana becomes a player in the medical field, with regard to treating symptoms of chronic ailments like epilepsy, cancer, HIV and chronic pain, scientists are getting creative in their research. For decades, growers and consumers of marijuana, legal or not, have bred
What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a type of regenerative medicine used as treatments for torn tendons, joint disease and sports injuries. It’s also used as a therapy for back and knee pain. All prolotherapy involves is injecting an inactive, natural irritant – most commonly saline (salt solution) or