The issue of stem cell research is a hot-button political topic. This attention can and often does obscure the nature of stem cell treatment and the realities of healing through the use of stem cells. One area in which significant strides have been made with the use of stem cell technology is the treatment of back and spinal cord injuries. Regenerative medicine with the aid of stem cells is making a difference in the lives of many affected with back or spinal injuries, but confusion surrounding treatment can be a discouraging factor for some patients.
What are Stem Cells?
There are two properties which define stem cells. First is the ability to self-regenerate, and second is the ability to develop into different types of cells. Embryonic tissues are one source of stem cells, which is the source of much controversy among patients, politicians and some researchers.
In regenerative medicine, however, adult stem cells such as those found in bone marrow and fat are used. These cells don’t have the same ethical implications, and don’t pose the immune rejection risk inherent in embryonic stem cell use.
Regenerative Medicine with Adult Stem Cells
Stem cells for the regenerative treatment of back and spinal cord injuries are harvested directly from the patient’s own body, which eliminates any risk of immune rejection.
Stem cells used in orthopedic applications are harvested from stem cell-rich areas like bone marrow, then injected into injured areas in order to stimulate healing and regeneration. There, they can repair damaged tissue and encourage the body to heal itself. This procedure is minimally invasive, and can help you to regain normal function without invasive surgery.
If you’re suffering from chronic back pain or a spinal cord injury, stem cell treatment may help to restore your body to a healthier and more functional state. Discuss the option of stem cell regenerative treatment with your pain management physician to determine whether stem cell treatment is a feasible option for you.
Posted on behalf of Armin Oskouei