Stem cells are an exciting area of regenerative medicine. Once limited in use to treating patients with leukemia and other types of cancer, stem cell therapy is being increasingly applied to a wide range of conditions associated with aging and conditions, such as spinal cord injury.
What is a Stem Cell?
A stem cell is a cell that can divide and create many copies of itself, and that can also transform into any of a number of different types of cells. Stem cells continue to populate the human body in adults, and they seem to play an important role in repairing damage to the human body and replacing worn-out cells.
Harvesting the stem cells typically requires a simple biopsy procedure. The stem cells are then purified from the material, and depending on how many are required, they may be further amplified before being used in the part of the body that requires treatment. Because the stem cells are obtained from the patient’s own body, there is no risk of infection transmission, allergic reaction, or rejection.
What Conditions Can Be Treated With Stem Cells?
The current estimate is that over 65 different conditions have been treated with stem cell therapy, conditions such as neurodegenerative diseases, arthritis, spinal cord injuries, sports injuries, diabetes, strokes, heart conditions, and many others. One of the more common conditions being treated with stem cells today is knee pain due to arthritis. We have found that stem cell therapy can even help to prevent serious health conditions and disorders down the line.
How Effective and Safe is Stem Cell Therapy?
In many cases, substantial improvement is seen. For example, a recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic found that patients treated with stem cells for knee arthritis experienced substantial relief of pain for several years after the treatment.
In general, stem cell therapy appears to be quite safe. There is a very low risk of infection. You can learn more information about the specifics of stem cell therapy during a consultation at Longevity Regenerative Institute in Oklahoma City. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and get started!