Regenerating a Degenerate Body

Regenerating a Degenerated Body


Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is an elegant healing treatment created when blood from the patient is spun down in a centrifuge and the concentrate of growth factor rich platelets is isolated. Then, the growth factors are injected into the injured area under ultrasound guidance to carefully guide the needle into the torn or injured tissue. Over the next 4-6 weeks the injured area begins to heal and regenerate the injured and damaged tissue.  PRP has been used safely in musculoskeletal medicine as early as the 1990s, and since the 1980s in surgical and dental procedures. During the last 9 years, PRP has been used successfully in musculoskeletal medicine to treat tendon and ligament injuries that have failed to heal, tendonosis, acute and chronic muscle strain, ligament sprains,  intra-articular injuries and joint pain such as arthritis and knee meniscus damage.  ”It’s a better option for problems that don’t have a great solution — it’s nonsurgical and uses the body’s own cells to help it heal,” said Dr. Allan Mishra, an assistant professor of orthopedics at Stanford University Medical Center and one of the primary researchers in the field. “I think it’s fair to say that platelet-rich plasma has the potential to revolutionize not just sports medicine but all of orthopedics. It needs a lot more study, but we are obligated to pursue this.”

Because the blood is autologous, or from the patient’s own body, PRP is very safe with no risk of rejection, injury or allergic reaction.   In contrast to surgery there is no scar, quicker healing, and very little chance of infection.  The procedure is performed in the office and takes about 20 minutes.  Typically 1-2 injections about 4 weeks apart are necessary to heal most injuries.


  • Faster Moving Teeth!

This is a very important study as it could influence the way orthodontists practice. Twenty human patients who had braces were studied. The researchers measured the tooth movement and pain associated with the procedure. An average increase of 30% in the rate of tooth movement was observed with the low-intensity laser therapy. Pain scores in the experimental group were significantly lower compared with the controls. Just think about how less pain and a 30% faster tooth movement could dramatically reduce the discomfort and time associated with orthodontic treatment!

Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2012 Mar;141(3):289-97.

Could Laser Help Parkinson's Disease (PD)?

This article is important because it is from the neurology department of University of Wisconsin medical school and written by respected physicians. Their conclusion is that the functional recovery of animals with PD who got laser and light treatments showed significant improvements. There were improvements in brain chemistry, brain tissue and also an obvious delayed disease progression. Their conclusion was that the research shows the potential of laser and LED treatments to help Parkinson's disease. Because this is such a tough disease to treat, this article is important and follows other studies out of Harvard Medical School that show improvements in brain function and structure after low level laser treatments.  

Front Biosci. 2012 Jan 1;4:818-23.

Laser Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Animals were divided into 4 groups and treated with a 780 nm laseronce per day. It was observed that Laser Therapy both at early and late stage RA significantly reduced inflammation, toxic waste, hemorrhage, and tissue damage. It was interesting to note that there was more healthy fibrous tissue, cartilage cells, and newly formed bone. We have known for a long time that laser can alleviate many of the symptoms of osteoarthritis, but this is one of the first studies to show that laser can alleviate tissue damage and regenerate tissue in early and late stages of rheumatoid arthritis.   


Lasers Med Sci. 2012 Apr 27.