Before you can understand how these two treatments can be used in tandem, it's important to understand what they are and how they're different.
Platelet Rich Plasma is a technique where the blood is drawn and then ‘spun down at very specific speeds to make a liquid concentrate called the ‘Buffy Coat” which should be 8 to 10 times more concentrated (with just platelets) than the blood itself. Now this is really important; Used therapeutically and injected accurately, PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma acts like espresso shots for your body providing a jolt of growth factors. In essence, they act as fertilizer would for a nice, green lawn, prepping the soil and improving it so the grass seeds would “take” better and improve or enhance growth.
Stem cells, on the other hand, derived from your bone marrow, fat or possibly “placental” stem cell, act as the “seeds". Stem cells recognize areas of damage and act as “repair-persons” to attempt re-growth of the damaged cell. They are not "fertilizers" like PRP.
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