Osteoporosis is a very common orthopedic condition that affects between 10 to 25 million people each year, with 75 percent of those being women. About 2 million people with osteoporosis experience related fractures each year. This can lead to debilitating injuries that could end with an indefinite trip to the nursing home or moving in with a relative.
There have been few viable treatments for osteoporosis. In recent years, some pharmaceuticals have been developed to try to slow or stop the progression of osteoporosis, but there are no medications or treatments that can actually improve bone health, save for one—stem cell therapy. Here’s what you need to know about these treatments.
A Combination of Treatments
The most recent research being done with stem cells and osteoporosis are pharmaceutical based. Pharmaceuticals are being developed that can direct stem cells into the bones and joints to improve orthopedic health. This is a preferred treatment option because it doesn’t require any actual stem cell implantation, but the procedures and medications are still undergoing research.
Stem Cells and PRP
Many orthopedic doctors are now turning to stem cells and PRP to strengthen bone and stop the progression of osteoporosis. The stem cells and platelet rich plasma that are used in these treatments come from the patient’s own body, which removes the problems of rejection or illness. The stem cells and PRP work together to direct the stem cells into the areas where they are needed most, which might include weakened bones or joints.
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