Stem Cell Therapy: 3 Interesting Facts About This Regenerative Medicine

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Imagine a world where you didn’t have to be on a waiting list hoping to get lucky for an organ transplant or one where there was a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Researchers are currently investigating these medical possibilities using stem cell therapy. The regenerative treatment has the potential to solve many health issues.

Here, at Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers, Dr. Orlando Landrum uses stem cell therapy as a treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions to promote healing, reduce pain, and get you back to doing what you love the most.

But with so much controversy surrounding stem cell therapy, you may wonder whether it’s safe or effective. Dr. Landrum wants you to know some things about stem cell therapy that maybe you didn’t know to help ease your concerns.

Stem cell therapy isn’t new

With all the debate surrounding the use of stem cells for medical treatment and research, you may be surprised to learn that it’s been part of the treatment for leukemia since the 1950s. Leukemia is a form of cancer that affects your bone marrow and the production of blood cells.

Treatment for leukemia includes chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, or what’s now referred to as a stem cell transplant. In a successful transplant, the healthy transplanted stem cells migrate to the unhealthy bone marrow and replace the diseased cells with healthy cells and restore blood cell production.

Stem cells have the power to heal

The reason there’s so much hype surrounding stem cells is because of the potential it has to heal and regenerate diseased or damaged tissue. Your body has its own supply of stem cells, which serves as a source of raw material for building and healing. Your stem cells have the ability to multiply and change into any type of cell you may need, from blood cells to new muscle tissue. If you have an injury, your body may not be able to recruit enough stem cells to fully heal the damage or it may take longer for the stem cells in your body to get to the injury for a quick repair.

With stem cell therapy at Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers, we can accelerate the healing process by injecting stem cells directly into your injured tissue. When guided to the right area, the stem cells can transform themselves into specific cells to regenerate new healthy tissue to replace the diseased or damaged tissue quickly and efficiently.

Here, at Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers, we use stem cell therapy primarily for musculoskeletal conditions, such as:

But researchers are currently investigating the use of stem cell therapy as a treatment for many chronic diseases, including Type 1 diabetes, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Stem cells may also have the ability to create new tissue that can be used for organ transplantation.

Your body is the source of stem cells

There are different types of stem cells used for therapy, but here at Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers we use your own stem cells for treatment. We aspirate your mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), also referred to as adult stem cells, from the bone marrow in your hip. It was previously thought the MSCs had little transformation ability and could only regenerate blood cells. But research indicates that these cells have the ability to transform into many other types of cells, including bone, cartilage, and even heart muscle tissue.

Researchers have also been able to transform these adult stem cells into what’s called pluripotent cells, which are stem cells that have the ability to divide into more stem cells and become any type of cell you need in your body. Only embryonic stem cells have this power and they’re only present during the first few days of an embryo’s life. However, it’s important to point out, these transformed stem cells are still being investigated and aren’t used for therapy.

Stem cell therapy has the potential to heal diseased and damaged tissue and provide relief from your pain so you can get back to doing what you love. To learn more about stem cell therapy and how it can help you, call Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers, or request an appointment online.

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