Stem cell treatment has come a long way and is being used to treat a host of diseases, including leukemia and many others. Stem cells find ample applications in tissue grafts to treat injuries and diseases of the bone, eyes, and skin problems. During this process, adult stem cells from your own body or a donor’s body are used to cure diseases in an easy, non-invasive manner.
Read on to find out more:
What do stem cells do
Stem cells are your body’s cells which repair damaged tissues and reduce inflammation as well. They divide and rejuvenate / replenish the cells which are damaged due to disease, injury or overuse. They are like ‘signalling’ cells which signal dormant cells’ growth and proliferation in the inflamed area. They can be termed as the body’s building blocks and the therapy comes under the field of research known as regenerative medicine.
How does stem cell treatment work
Stem cells are extracted from one part of the body, (your own or donor’s), and injected into the damaged part of the body to help in the healing process. There are two kinds of stem cells used by doctors – stem cells which are extracted from bone marrow and those which are extracted from adipose cells, in which stem cells are taken from the back, love handles or belly, under anaesthesia. The stem cells are then injected into the damaged body part such as knee, back, elbow or wrist.
The benefit of stem cell treatment is that you can be cured without undergoing intensive surgical procedures, (in most cases). This therapy has been used successfully with surgical procedures too, which accelerates the healing process.
Diseases / injuries which can be treated using stem cells
This non-invasive treatment can be used to treat arthritis, rotator cuff injury, tendinitis, pain in the lower back, overstressed ankles (due to basketball). Damaged shoulder, hips or neck can be treated by stem cell treatment, which means you can avoid surgery and heal faster with less pain. In some cases, when stem cells were used with surgery, the time taken for swelling to subside is drastically reduced, from 2-3 weeks to 2-3 days. This treatment is used to heal tough wounds, regrow hair, give muscle in the body where required, and cure bow legs. Plastic surgeons use this treatment for facial rejuvenation, breast augmentation and so on. In the case of heart failure, new muscles can be grown in the heart using stem cells.
Who can benefit from stem cell treatment
This treatment is not exclusive for millionaires or pro athletes – the benefit of stem cell treatment is extended to all, whoever wants to avail of non-invasive solution for injuries, bone or blood diseases.
This non-invasive treatment has been used successfully on animals for hip dysplasia and arthritis.
Researchers are making good progress in understanding the function of stem cells and their healing capacity. Serious diseases like muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s, blindness, Parkinson’s etc may be cured by stem cell treatment in the future.
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