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Many people receive stem cell injections to help with chronic conditions such as arthritis. There are many stories and reports of stem cells and the conditions that they help. However, what are stem cells really? How many do you have? What can stem cells be used for? Find out the answers to these questions and more about stem cells and their uses!

 

Your Stem Cells

Your body is made up of trillions of cells that continually grow, die and regenerate. You have heart cells that make up your heart, skin cells that makes up your skin and cells for every type of organ and tissue in the body. When you are injured, your body goes into repair mode, fixing the tissue and organ cells that were damaged and lost. However, it wouldn’t make much sense for your body to have to sort through every type of cell you have just to specifically build that type of cell back up. That is why stem cells exist.

 

The International Society for Stem Cell Research describes stem cells as the foundation cells of the body. The stem cells are where your organs and tissues first started developing. In fact, the amniotic sacs and cord bloods of growing infants are mostly made up of stem cells. Those cells turn into specialized cells as the body grows and develops, turning into the type of cell your body needs.

 

When you are born, you have an abundance of stem cells in your body that are in reserve. If you become injured, your body rushes blood and blood platelets to the site of an injury. Stem cells lie dormant until an injury happens, then they follow your blood platelets to the injury site. As the platelets stop blood flow and clot an injury, stem cells start to transform into the type of cell your body needs for organ and tissue repair. Stem cells are the only type of cell in your body that can transform into other cells.

 

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Types of Stem Cells and Their Sources

Everyone is born with a different amount of stem cells based on genetics. Your stem cells diminish over time. However, there are many abundant sources of these cells that you can receive through donation:

  • Adult Stem Cells: People can donate their stem cells to others, or a patient can have stem cells taken from one part of the body to be used in another part.
  • Amniotic: The amniotic sac is abundant in stem cells. New mothers donate the amniotic sacs and cords to centers for stem cell uses.
  • Cord-Blood: Abundant in stem cells, the umbilical cord stem cells are multipotent and can treat blood disorders such as leukemia, especially when a bone-marrow match is unavailable.
  • iPS Cells: These cells are the pluripotent stem cells mentioned earlier. iPS cells can be engineered by scientists from specialized cells (such as the skin) that share many qualities with embryonic stem cells.
  • (NT)-ES Cells: Stem cells created by taking the DNA from a somatic cell and using it to replace the genetic material in an egg cell.
  • Embryonic Stem Cells: (Not used at our center) These originate in the earliest stages of development and can generate the creation of all 220+ types of cells found in the body. Their potential is limitless, but these are only used in few centers because there is so much controversy about the source.

 

Stem Cell Uses

There are stem cell uses for all the different sources of stem cells. The point of all of the sources is to help the body jumpstart it’s regenerative capabilities. Used in regenerative medicine, stem cells help the body with tissue engineering, medical devices and integration into the body, artificial organ function, cellular therapies and more. Stem cell uses and current implementation in the field of medicine include:

  • Stem cell therapy in bone-marrow therapies and transplants, that help treat diseases of the blood. These are frequently used for patients with leukemia and blood disorders.
  • Tissue grafts to treat injuries of the muscles, bone and skin.
  • Treating and recovering tissues of the eyes that have been damaged. Trials are now being done to help reverse the effects of macular degeneration and other chronic eye conditions.
  • Lubricating joints while stopping wear and tear caused by arthritis.
  • The development of transplant therapies using umbilical cord blood stem cells.
  • Developing regenerative medicine treatments to reverse the effects of chronic diseases and conditions, especially ones that have no known cure.

 

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Areas of Research

Stem cells are being studied or have stem cell uses currently in the following areas:

  • Blood disorders
  • Cancer treatment
  • Arthritis and joint disorder treatment
  • Acquired hearing loss
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Immune disorders
  • Parkinson’s disease (research and testing now starting)
  • Pediatric stroke
  • Heart and vascular disease
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Diabetes and diabetic treatment
  • Neurological disease and injury
  • Skeletal disease and injury
  • Ocular surface disease
  • Vascular damage
  • Wounds, burns and ulcers
  • Transplant complications
  • Autoimmune and inflammatory disease

 

Stem Cell Uses for Patients

At our center, we primarily use stem cells to help patients with chronic pain caused by chronic conditions, diseases, surgeries and injuries. Patients with arthritis and chronic joint conditions find pain relief because stem cell therapy injections are naturally anti-inflammatory in nature. Stem cell uses and the science behind it is still fairly new. Most stem cell uses are to test and learn more about what stem cells can do for regenerative medicine. For many chronic diseases without a cure, there may be a cure in the future because of stem cells.

 

If you suffer from chronic pain or conditions such as arthritis, come into our office and see what a stem cell therapy injection can do for your symptoms! If you are like most patients, you will experience pain and inflammation relief as well as tissue regeneration. Call Stem Cell Centers today at (877) 808-0016 and see if you are a candidate today!