Stem Cell, PRP, Growth Factors: Advances in Healing or Snake Oil?

By Dr. Joseph Tauro, Ocean County Sports Medicine and Rutgers Medical School. Follow on Twitter @OCSM_

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The primary goal in orthopedics is to prevent tendon, ligament and joint injury, but if injury occurs we want to facilitate proper healing. One of the ways we’ve done this is improvements in rehabilitation and improvements in surgical techniques.

From a mechanical point of view, we’ve maxed out what we can do, but from a biological point of view, i.e. using growth factors and stem cells to stimulate healing, we’ve only started to scratch the surface of what we can do.

In this video presentation,  I will discuss whether using stem cells, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and other growth factors represent advances in healing or snake oil.

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