Stem cell treatment is an innovative therapy that can be used to treat a wide range of conditions. This article aims to detail how stem cells work, what their function is in the human body, and how stem cell treatment can be used to treat ailments and illnesses.
What Are Stem Cells?
Put simply, stem cells are the building blocks of the human body, as they’re the foundational cells that all other cells are generated or derived from. When cells divide or replicate, the resulting cells are called daughter cells, and this can occur naturally in the body or can be done by scientists in a lab. Daughter cells can then either form additional stem cells via a process called self-renewal or they can differentiate into other cells that have a specific function. These differentiated cells include bone, brain, blood or heart muscle cells. Only stem cells are able to regenerate in this manner.
What Conditions Can Stem Cell Treatment Be Used For?
Stem cell treatment therapies and the research into this field mark an exciting step in the history of medicine. Stem cell treatment has been around for at least 20 years, and at this point in time, it can be used to successfully treat a number of conditions, including ligament tears, osteoarthritis, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, rotator cuff syndrome and cartilage tears. People who suffer from these ailments often use stem cell treatment as a way to manage the pain that they experience. The therapy is popular among patients due to the fact that it’s straight-forward and does not require general anaesthetic or invasive surgery.
Some of the more popular joint and musculoskeletal stem cell treatment therapies that patients seek out include tendonitis, tennis elbow, shoulder problems, rotator cuff syndrome, and osteoarthritis of the knee.
How Does the Treatment Work?
Stem cell treatment therapy utilises stem cells that are commonly harvested from a patient’s adipose fat or bone marrow, but the former is more common. Stem cells taken from the fatty layer that exists beneath the patient’s skin are especially potent and can be easily harvested through a fairly non-invasive medical procedure that can done in a short amount of time. These harvested cells are then injected (usually the same day) into problem areas to aid in the regeneration of cartilage, accelerate the healing process of wounds and injuries, reduce joint pain, and increase joint function, flexibility and range of motion. In addition to this, stem cell treatment can help to reduce the risk of future injuries, increase collagen production, decrease nerve damage, reduce hair loss, and help to regenerate fresh blood vessels.
Stem cell treatment can be an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions, making it a popular choice for patients across Australia. As stem cells can be harvested with relative ease and can provide successful results for everything from arthritis through to shoulder pain, it’s well worth discussing your suitability with a medical professional.