Regenerative medicine is a term that covers several types of treatment including stem cell injections, tissue engineering, and donor organ replacement. It is a form of molecular biology and tissue engineering. Looking at stem cell treatment, research began in the early 1900’s, and in 1956, the first bone marrow stem cell treatment was successful in curing Leukaemia. Since then, numerous success stories prove that stem cell regenerative medicine is an effective form of treatment.
In a healthcare office setting, stem cell therapy is a less invasive treatment option than some of the others, and is quick to administer with little recovery time. It is a way to avoid extensive surgical procedures that can leave you in a lot of pain. Even if surgery is necessary, stem cells can help to reduce overall recovery time. When drugs or steroid shots no longer ease symptoms, stem cell therapy can be an option. It is a means to help your body repair itself naturally, with assistance from injected healthy stem cells. These cells then regenerate or replicate themselves, to be able to repair damaged areas or tissue in the body. Disease to organs or injury to muscles are some of the potential causes for cell damage or disfunction that can be treated.
There are actually four types of stem cells including embryonic stem cells, tissue-specific stem cells, mesenchymal stem cells, and induced pluripotent stem cells. Some can be created in the laboratory through engineering and others are extracted from existing tissue. More specifically, certain cells are unspecialized, others are developed to replicate and target specific cell types, and some have the ability to continue replicating for extended amounts of time, to treat the injected areas. Even further, some stem cells have the ability to later change into cells specific to the area of injection. Stem cells are know to be ageless, with the ability to continue replicating and reproducing, unlike regular cells.
How stem cell therapy works is that it can be injected into damaged tissue like muscles, tendons, or other areas in the body. Careful research and professionally administered stem cells can prove to be effective in speeding up the healing process of the body, and even reduce or stop pain in the damaged areas. This allows the muscles to function better, to help you get back to a pain-free lifestyle. Some of the targeted areas that can be treated are the back and spine, knees, hips, shoulders, feet, and ankles. Stem cells can also be used to treat hair loss or skins conditions.
At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, stem cell therapy is an option as a form of treatment for our patients. Worldwide, research and clinical studies are evaluated to continually research and test all of the capabilities of stem cell therapy. Each individual has different needs and health concerns, and we encourage you to schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy.