PRP Innovations Promising for Burn Injury Treatment
Continued efforts have shown results in treating the over 1.1 million burn injury patients each year who require medical treatment. Through the innovative use of PRP, otherwise known as platelet-rich plasma treatment, possible solutions to rejuvenating damaged blood vessels and tissues are showing results. Recent studies conducted by Hui-Min David Wang, Ph.D., a professor at the Graduate Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, has shown results in lab experimentation using PRP treatment in localized applications.
Of these burn patients, nearly 50% experience what is known as neuropathic pain as a result of their injuries. Neuropathic is an extremely complex and chronic pain condition for which no standardized optimal therapy consensus has been reached. Previous therapeutic applications have been neural blocks, pharmacotherapy to mask the pain and local anesthetics with the same middling results. With PRP, results are showing not only a treatment for the inflammation and pain but restructuring and healing of the damaged blood vessel and tissues of the damaged area.
PRP & Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells and stem cell therapy are on the cutting edge of revitalization and rejuvenation technology, using unwritten cells to implant the traits of the cell groups to which they are introduced. Localized injections of properly prepared PRP treatments are showing a reversal of damage through restructuring and rebuilding of tissues that have been damaged by burn events.
Neuroinflammation as a result of injuries sustained is the primary target of the PRP treatments, as the stem cell therapy works to alleviate the swelling and allows the blood vessels and tissues to accept the infusion of viable blood to begin the healing process. Though studies are just now becoming available, the promise of a return to viable cell structure through PRP therapy is astounding. Burn patients could well possibly have the chance for recovery and relief from neuropathic damage.
Stem Cells as Agents of Change
After processing, platelets are injected sub-dermally to the affected area and allowed to proceed as normal. Cells begin their basic functions, reducing the inflammation and infusing the damaged cells with new platelets. Evidence of rejuvenation is apparent after three weeks in some test subjects, with a marked decrease of damaged tissue remaining.
This discovery suggests that for the treatment of burn-induced neuropathic pain, PRP and the associated stem cells used in the stem cell therapy are coordinating a healing action in the affected areas, thereby reducing inflammation and pain.