Tremendous advances have been made in regenerative medicine using stem cells to restore lost, damaged or aging cells. The adult body contains healthy stem cells that can be harvested and used to promote healing. These therapies are showing promise for orthopedic medicine, wound care, autoimmune conditions, nerve restoration and other neuromuscular conditions.
What Are Adult Stem Cells?
Adult stem cells are cells within the adult body that are “undifferentiated,” meaning they have not developed into a specific type of cell (i.e. skin cell, muscle, fat cell, etc.) Because stem cells have the potential to develop into any type of cell, they have the potential to regenerate damaged tissue.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy uses adult stem cells from an individual’s body to trigger the body’s healing mechanisms to fight inflammation and relieve pain. Stem cells are harvested by extracting blood and tissue from the bone marrow. From this material an injectable is produced that can be administered directly to the damaged tissue. These cells then begin to form into new, specialized cells, effectively “jump starting” the body’s healing process.
What Conditions Can Be Treated?
Stem cell therapy is being used to treat a number of degenerative conditions that traditionally would require surgery, including knee conditions, spinal conditions, degenerative disc disease, shoulder and rotator cuff injuries, leg and foot pain, osteoarthritis, inflammation, congenital deformities.