Stem cell treatments are an incredible discovery. They essentially involve using the body’s own healing powers on itself and work by isolating stem cells from one location of the body and relocating them to an area of disease, injury, or inflammation. Stem cells’ main job in our bodies is to maintain and repair tissue. Stem cell therapy employs this natural function by moving stem cells to an area of need within the body. The magic of stem cells is that once they’re in the affected area of the body, they can adapt and grow into any type of cell the body needs in order to repair the area. For example, stem cell therapy can assist in stem cells becoming bone cells, cartilage cells, muscle cells, etc.
Stem Cell Treatment for Arthritis
Many people who experience arthritis pain end up needing orthopedic surgery. Arthritis leads to joint degeneration because of the loss of cartilage that cushions bones. Due to stem cell’s ability to become tissue, they can be used to regrow the damaged cartilage, therefore leading to less pain and discomfort for the patient. It also would help with mobility as many arthritic patients experience a loss in mobility due to arthritis. The ultimate goal is to improve function and quality of life for people living with arthritis.
Treatment for COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease which makes it difficult for people afflicted with it to breathe. In many people, it is a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Since there is no cure currently, the advancements in the use of stem cell treatments for COPD are promising. Because the lung tissue is damaged by the disease, stem cells could help by building new, healthy lung tissue, and stimulate the formation of new capillaries, which could lead to improved lung function.
Treatment for Crohn’s Disease
In the case of Crohn’s disease, the gastrointestinal tract becomes chronically inflamed causing great pain and discomfort for patients. Some stem cells actually have the ability to be an anti-inflammatory tool in the body. Typically, people with Crohn’s disease attempt to make diet and lifestyle changes to reduce the inflammation occurring, and many use drugs to impede the inflammation. Specifically, Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) have the ability to target inflammation within the body and repair damaged tissue. Therefore, stem cell treatment can also be used for other inflammatory diseases as well.
Stem Cell Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system. It is a chronic disease which causes issues with vision, balance, coordination, muscle control, and other basic body functions. It can affect your brain, spinal cord, and even your eyes. The wonderful mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can again come to the rescue when it comes to MS because they have the ability to regulate the immune system, protect tissue, and repair damaged tissue. While scientists are still testing the effects, it’s been said that administering these stem cells intravenously can have the unique ability to halt the disease’s progression for an extended period of time!
There are many more disorders that stem cells can treat and that are still being researched. The bottom line is that the future of medicine doesn’t lay on artificial body parts, but actually our body’s very own power to know what it needs and to heal itself with a little help from science.
If you’d like to hear more about what stem cell treatments can do for your quality of life, contact us. Call to book a consultation with Dr. Andrey Lutskovsky to learn more and develop your personalized aesthetic treatment plan.