Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

May 14, 2018

 

What is Regenerative Medicine?  What are Stem Cells?

What Does Stem Cell Thearpy Do?

 

There is a lot of information available about regenerative medicine, stem cells and stem cell therapy BUT, it can still be tough to understand advanced medical technology.   

 

Regenerative Medicine is the process of replacing, renewing or engineering human cells, tissues, organs and proteins for the purpose of restoring function and harmony in the body.  One of the key components of regenerative medicine is the use of cell replacement strategies which usually requires stem cells.

 

In the field of regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy has risen to become one of most promising and potent therapies for repairing damaged tissue, skin and internal organs.  

 

The use of stem cells has risen dramatically in the past few years, thanks to newer, safer and better technology for harvesting stem cells.  Stem cell therapy is revolutionizing the way numerous injuries, illnesses and chronic conditions are being treated.  Today, it is becoming common practice for physicians to treat a wide array of disorders, diseases and traumas with stem cells.  Stem cells are currently being used to treat: 

 

  • Back Pain

  • COPD

  • Joint Injury and Pain

  • Neuropathy

  • Diabetes

  • Erectile Dysfunction

  • Female Sexual Dysfunction

  • Lupus

  • Autoimmune Diseases

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Neurological/Neurodegenerative Conditions

  • Thinning Hair

  • And More

What Exactly ARE Stem Cells?

Stem cells  are “undifferentiated” cells in your body, meaning that these cells are the very basic cells that have not developed into a particular type of cell, like a skin cell, heart cell or muscle cell for example, and are what all the other cells in your body are derived from.  During early life and the growth process, stem cells have an exceptional potential to develop into different types of cells. For example, when you are young and skin your knee you heal quickly and usually with little scarring.  This is because we have millions of stem cells circulating through our young bodies.  As we age, these cells dwindle down to 1 to 2 stem cells per 100,000 cells!

 

 

Stem cells are distinguished from other cell types by two important characteristics.  First, they are un-specialized cells that are capable of renewing themselves through cell division, sometimes even after long periods of inactivity.

In certain areas of the body, stem cells divide on a regular basis.  In other areas, such as the heart or pancreas, stem cells only divide under specific condition.

Secondly, stem cells can either remain stem cells or develop into a specific type of cell.

 

When introduced to different areas of the body, each stem cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or to develop into tissue or organ-specific cells with a specialized function.  Consequently, stem cells can serve as an internal repair system by dividing and developing into specific cells to replace damaged or worn out cells.  An example of this would be stem cells that are injected into a damaged knee. New cartilage growth can be seen as well as a decreased in inflammation and pain. 

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

 

When stem cells are introduced into a damage part of the body, they will transform into the exact type of cell needed in order to carry out the repair work. 

Because stem cells reproduce quickly and continue to divide, and because they contain natural growth factors and proteins, stem cells accelerate your body’s natural healing and regenerative response. As stem cells positively affect the damaged environment quickly, the benefits of stem cell therapy are experienced within a short period of time.

 

Restorasis Health is one of the most experienced regenerative, functional and integrative medical practices in the Frederick, Baltimore and Washington, DC areas.  We understand and are experienced in stem cell therapy and see first-hand how stem cells are revolutionizing the way numerous illness, injuries and chronic conditions are being treated. 

 

If you’d like more information, please call us at 301-668-0002.

 

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