Stem Cell Therapy
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem-cell therapy is an intervention strategy that introduces new adult stem cells into damaged tissue in order to treat disease or injury. Many medical researchers believe that stem cell treatments have the potential to change the face of human disease and alleviate suffering.
The ability of stem cells to self-renew and give rise to subsequent generations with variable degrees of differentiation capacities, offers significant potential for generation of tissues that can potentially replace diseased and damaged areas in the body, with minimal risk of rejection and side effects.
How can Stem Cell Therapy help with Backpain?
Stem cell therapy for back pain offers the possibility of significant pain relief as well as, for the first time, renewal of tissues, which may prevent further degeneration and pain.
Arthritis, degenerative disk disease and herniated disks are the major causes of low back pain. Mesenchymal precursor cells have been shown to reverse degeneration by producing new tissues. In pre-clinical studies on sheep with discs that were damaged or degenerated, a single injection of the stem cells was found to make the discs indistinguishable from healthy ones.
Natural cartilage regeneration is very limited and no current drug therapies are curative, but rather look to reduce the symptoms associated with the degeneration. Different types of mesenchymal stem cells and other additives are still being researched to find the best type of cell and method for long term treatment.
Bone marrow or adipose-derived mesenchymal cells are currently the most often used because of the non-invasive harvesting. There has been a lot of success recently injecting mesenchymal stem cells directly into the spine. This is a recently developed, non-invasive technique developed for easier clinical use. Subjects receiving this treatment showed greater flexibility in their joints and less pain