Regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy are two popular buzz words in the medical field today. So, why all the buzz about these two topics? The International Society for Stem Cell Research describes stem cells as the foundation cells of our body. Stem cells represent the sites where your organs and tissues started. Stem cells are recruited every day of your life to help repair and replace damaged tissues and cells. Stem cells are found in all of us and play a key role in the body’s healing process. They lie latent in your body until they receive signals that the body has suffered an injury and then they follow your platelets to the injured site. Stem cells are able to transform into the same type of cell that was injured to promote healing. They are tasked to heal injured ligaments, tendons, tissues and bones. Are you suffering from an injury and curious to know how stem cell therapy can help you heal? Scheduling a free consultation can help you learn how you can benefit from this curative approach to healing and injury repair.
Stem cells are not like the other cells in your body. They garnish more attention than average cells because of their unique abilities. Stem cells are divided into two classes: pluripotent and multipotent. Pluripotent stem cells can create any type of cell in the body except those needed to support and develop a fetus in the womb. Multipotent stem cells are restricted to becoming only a small number of different cell types. Stem cells can divide and renew themselves for long periods, they are dynamic in their ability to differentiate, and they can create specialized cell types. This ability stem cells have to self-renew and to differentiate is what sets them apart from the rest. Self-renewing stem cells are able to divide and regenerate more stem cells. Differentiating stem cells can transform into the specialized, mature cells that your tissues and organs need. Stem cells are divided into several different classifications:
Stem cells represent cutting-edge science. Stem cells give new hope to thousands of people with chronic medical conditions. Stem cell therapy has the potential to cure many diseases and conditions. Specialized stem cells have been shown to help treat serious medical conditions from cancer to birth defects. Stem cell research can help us gain ground on discovering how these conditions begin in the first place. Stem cells are also helpful for making cells and tissues for medical therapies. Pluripotent stem cells offer a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues for treating a variety of diseases, conditions, and disabilities such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.
Stem cell donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). With stem cell therapy, your medical provider will inject stem cells into your body. Similar to cortisone and steroid shots, stem-cell injections have anti-inflammatory properties, but offer far more benefits than those of standard injection therapies. While cortisone and other drugs only provide temporary pain relief, stem cells actually restore degenerated tissue while providing pain relief. The growth factors in stem cells may replace damaged cells in your body. Additionally, stem cell injections contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates joints and tendons, easing the pain and helping restore mobility.
Regenerative medicine targets the body’s innate ability to heal and defend. Regenerative medicine helps to harness that power the body has to heal and then accelerate it and/or distribute it in ways that help the body recover better from injury and disease. One of the goals of regenerative medicine is to restore structure and function of damaged organs and tissues to find cures for injuries and diseases that have been incurable in the past. Regenerative medicine targets the following key areas:
Stem cell research and therapies represent an exciting time for medical advancement and recovery from injuries and disease like never before. Regenerative medicine is exciting because of its potential to cure failing and impaired tissues. The medical advances of regenerative medicine are just beginning to be discovered. Stem cell therapies and regenerative medicine benefits are here to stay! Call for your free consultation today!