My whole life I’ve struggled with scoliosis (A severe curvature of the spine) I’m no longer able to walk or use my hands, except for one finger, which I use to type. For the last nine months since I’ve been treated with PRP by Dr. Albert Lai, head of the Pain Management Center in Rancho Mirage, Ca. Since I started PRP injections (which I mistakenly identified in previous articles as “STEM CELL THERAPY”) some miraculous things have been happening http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEnFaF4qPL8
Artie: The biggest question that comes up is how I was so confused between cell stem therapy and PRP. Now, if I’m correct, they both use stem cells, and what I thought we were going to be doing was something with adult stem cells, but it turns out, uh, that PRP is what really helped me. Please Doctor can you tell me the difference.
Dr Lai: Sure. The stem cells we are actually using come primarily from out of the bone marrow. That’s where the high proportion of stem cells comes from. They’ve been harvesting it from fat, too…and of course from the blood.
Dr. Lai: But the proportions of the stem cells are different depending on what tissue it comes out of. stem cells are used to treat pretty much any damaged tissue. Because what it is doing, stem cells are a precursor to the different types of tissue in your body. So, if you put it in a certain spot, whatever tissue that may be – bone, muscle, tendon – it will regenerate into that tissue. That’s the power of stem cells.
Artie: What can you tell us about PRP. What do the initials stand for?
Dr. Lai: Platelet rich plasma. So PRP, in that sense, is not really stem cells. It’s primarily platelets that we are after. Ok. So, in platelets, contain a lot of chemical compounds that start a lot of processes in your body. But primarily the platelets contain growth factors which promote the growth of cells, including stem cells, into different parts of your body into what tissue we want them to become.
Artie: I see. I remember the first time that you performed a PRP procedure on me, you took blood from my arm, put it a centrifugal force machine, separated the good from the bad parts, and injected it into my hip.…
Dr. Lai: Correct.
Artie: Where my problem was.
Dr. Lai: Right.
Artie: Then amazing things started happened with me. I discovered that physical manipulation of my neck, legs, hands, and hip while dance music plays helps the PRP work to recalibrate the body.
Dr. Lai: Exactly.
Artie: And if I didn’t have that video of me, dancing in my wheelchair, no one would believe it.
Dr. Lai: (smiles) Kobe Bryant has been doing PRP and he’s touted it in a lot of the interviews that he has done. But he’s not doing it here. He’s actually going out of the country to get it done, but it’s the same PRP. In fact, I can name off a list of professional athletes, so Hines Ward, and Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, …they got it done during the playoff season. And they were able to play up until the Super Bowl and won because of it. Without PRP, they might not have been able to do that.
Artie: Well, I’d really like another PRP shot as soon as possible. I know you “fast-tracked” it, but my insurance company denied me again.
Dr. Lai: I know… this is some of the issues we have with PRP currently. Currently, PRP is recognized as a form of treatment but it is not embraced. We have had study after study, cases after cases, where it makes dramatic results, it produces these effects and people do very well with it. Much better than the traditional treatments that we have today… I’m a firm believer in it!
(At that moment, Dr. Lai’s assistant Chiyoko, walks in and reminds him that he’s got a patient waiting next door, but before he leaves he leans over to me and says)
Dr. Lai: Don’t Worry, if your insurance doesn’t approve your life saving treatment this time…I’ll personally guarantee it!
Artie : wow…I never heard a doctor say that before!
(to be continued)
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