Stem cells have garnered a lot of attention in recent years because they offer something no other cell can–hope. “Stem cells are the body’s raw materials — cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated. Under the right conditions in the body or a laboratory, stem cells divide to form more cells called daughter cells. These daughter cells either become new stem cells (self-renewal) or become specialized cells (differentiation) with a more specific function, such as blood cells, brain cells, heart muscle cells or bone cells. No other cell in the body has the natural ability to generate new cell types,” the Mayo Clinic reports.
The human body is constantly regenerating. After exercising, surgery, injuries, daily wear-and-tear tissue regeneration occurs to keep the body functioning as it should.
Stem cells are key players in the tissue regeneration process. Stem cells, neutral cells that reside in your body to rebuild tissues, are vital for healing. The process of your body repairing itself is known by many terms, some of which are cell regeneration or tissue regeneration.
Did you know that the human body is comprised of roughly 50 trillion cells that all work together to support your tissues, organs, bones, and nerves? Cell division and tissue regeneration allows older or damaged cells to regenerate new cells so your body can stay healthy.
About 50-70 billion cells in your body die each day. You don’t notice this because your body replaces them with new ones.
Stem cells reside 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 sends blood platelets to the area via your bloodstream and those platelets will clot the injury.
When an injury occurs, stem cells are tasked to recreate areas of the body that were previously there. Stem cells are activated with injuries and they follow blood platelets to the source of your injury.
Once there, the stem cells differentiate into the types of cells your body needs for healing (blood, skin, muscle, ligament cells etc.). Your body is then able to renew cells and your body heals.
Unfortunately, your body doesn’t have a bottomless supply of stem cells; your body doesn’t naturally make any more stem cells on its own after birth. 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 achieve 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 boofst 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!