Your body must regenerate its tissues after exercising, or after surgery or injuries happen. Without that regeneration, your body would wear away before you were even able to grow from your infant stage. A major part of that regeneration involves stem cells, which are neutral cells that are in your body solely to rebuild your tissues. Find out what the process of regeneration looks like, how to accelerate it, and why stem cells are so important to your healing!
Have you ever had a cut that you’ve watched heal over time? Nobody can get by in life without having a scrape, cut, wound or major injury. It’s simply a part of life! However, when an injury happens, that’s not usually the end of life as you know it. For most people, they get cut and that cut heals itself over time. Is this magic or something more? The process of your body repairing itself is known by many terms, some of which are cell regeneration or tissue regeneration.
You have over 50 trillion cells in your body that make up your tissues, organs, bones, nerves and literally every part of you. This process happens over time with cell division and regeneration. Older cells start to become weaker or are damaged, and your body regenerates new cells to continually help your body to stay healthy. Studies report that about 50-70 billion cells in your body die every day and your body replaces them with new ones. All of this happens without you even realizing it.
When you have a cut or scrape, you can, however, see that process happening each day. A cut will turn into a scab, which will start to fall off to reveal new skin. Depending on the organ or tissue type, specific types of cells will die and your body will regenerate those cells once more. When skin cells die, your body makes more skin cells in its place. The same goes for the heart, liver, muscles and more. However, when you have an injury or surgery, there may suddenly be many different types of cells that are damaged or missing. This is when stem cells come into play.
It’s always good to have neutral cells in reserve for when something happens to the body. That is what stem cells are. They are cells that you are born with and that are most abundant at birth. These types of cells lie all over your body in reserve for when you injure yourself, even if it’s just a scrape. When an injury happens—such as a cut—your body will send blood platelets to the area via your bloodstream and those platelets will clot the injury. This will stop the bleeding and the wound will close.
However, when an injury happens, your body doesn’t just do normal cell regeneration. It uses stem cells to recreate areas of the body that were previously there. Stem cells go into activation with injuries and they follow blood platelets to the source of your injury. Once there, the stem cells are able to differentiate into the types of cells your body needs for healing. You may need new blood cells, skin cells, muscle cells, ligament cells and more. Instead of your body having to process all the different types of cells needed, stem cells simply transform into those different, specific cells. Your body is then able to build up new cells and your body heals. However, you may be left with a scar that comes close to looking like your previous cells, but the area of damage is still somewhat noticeable.
You are born with an abundance of cells and your body doesn’t make any more. Even a child’s umbilical cord and amniotic sac is filled with countless stem cells. Those cells were the ones that began to transform into all the different types of cells needed to make a human. Despite an abundance at birth, your body doesn’t naturally make any more stem cells on its own. Not everyone is born with an abundance of these cells either. The more a person is injured, the more stem cells they use up, which is why healing starts to take longer the older a person gets.
Some people heal very quickly because they may have a ton of stem cells to work with, whereas others will heal slowly. Your injury will determine how fast tissue regeneration happens. If you add in more stem cells to an area, studies show that you can actually achieve tissue regeneration much faster. Patients can do this through stem cell therapy, which takes your own stem cells or those from donor sources and uses them to boost tissue regeneration in a specific area.
Stem cells can be donated from various sources such as patients donating umbilical cords and placentas at birth. However, only specific sources of stem cells are used at specific treatment centers. A popular option is for patients to have stem cells taken out of one area of the body and added to another (such as an arthritic knee) to boost healing naturally. Or, patients can receive donated stem cells in-office through injections. Those injections can send tons of stem cells to an area of damage to boost the healing ability your tissues have. Depending on if you choose therapy injections or if you want to heal on your own, you may or may not have limited healing.
Do you have a chronic condition that causes you pain? Is arthritis something that interferes with your life on a daily basis? Do you have problems with your joints or slow healing? These are just a few scenarios that may make you a candidate for stem cell therapy injections. To learn more about how stem cells can work to help your body heal, contact Stem Cell Centers today at (877) 808-0016!